What started as a personal interest and Instagram project in the collection of vintage family and group photographs from dealers in Shanghai and Beijing led Sheila Zhao to realise a recurring pattern where many of these photographs depicted the subjects holding, carrying or posing with propaganda material of the period during the Cultural Revolution.
By scanning these photographs and digitally blocking out the objects with the colour red, the narrative of the picture maker is instantly neutralized and made ambiguous to its original intent. Although the purpose and use of these photographs can never be rightfully discovered, the general sense of an overseeing state apparatus controlling the population through imposed symbolism is always prevalent in the artistically ‘censored’ project.
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[ KLPA Events presents Sheila Zhao’s found images project East Was Red at the KLPA2018 Finalists exhibition in Kuala Lumpur from 8 to 17 September 2018 at Whitebox gallery, MAP, Publika.]
East Was Red - Sheila Zhao
8 - 17 September, 2018,
10:00 - 19:00 daily
Solaris Dutamas, Jalan Dutamas 1
Kuala Lumpur 50480