2008 – 2017
The series Girls started in 2008 as a very personal project. Luo Yang photographed girls and women around her (friends, acquaintances, sometimes strangers) attempting to grasp an understanding of their lives as well as her own. Although different, she felt that they shared the same contradicting emotions, confusions and concerns. It is in that connection that Luo found the strength and delicacy of her subject.
From this intuitive dialogue with her subjects, Luo’s images are bold and honest, intimate and sensitive at the same time, both public and private. Many of the girls are nude or partially nude, curled up on rooftops, stretched out against the fence of a highway or displayed amidst bizarre natural sceneries; they are portrayed with their lovers, in their everyday life and the intimate surroundings of their home. Physically and mentally, they bluntly disclose themselves, facing the camera with shy and hopeful sobriety, often playful, provocative or sensuous expression. Their evident candor presents itself as a metaphor of freedom and independence. However, her images are not about provocation or rebellion. They radiate stillness and a sense of calm that resists drama. The series describes a view on life in China that both celebrates and defies its reality.
Luo Yang (b. 1984, Shenyang, China)
Luo Yang graduated from the Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts in Shenyang in 2009. A graphic designer by education, she decided to pursue her interest and talent in photography instead. Today, she lives and works in Beijing & Shanghai as a freelance photographer. In her work, highly staged portraits and carefully constructed poses alternate with a raw, blurred snapshot-aesthetic. Luo’s portraits explore the themes of youth and femininity while challenging traditional beliefs about women in Chinese society.
More information: www.luoyangphoto.com