RongRong ＆ inri
RongRong ＆ inri
RongRong ＆ inri is the first exhibition of contemporary Chinese photography organized by Michael Ku Gallery and the first solo exhibition in Taiwan for the artists. Rong Rong drifted from Fujian to Beijing 1992, later meeting Inri, who had been employed as a photographer by the Asahi Shimbun before turning independent, at his solo exhibition in Tokyo in 1999; they then formed a family, life, and artistic practice together in Beijing. This exhibition consists of works in three sections: “Six Mile Village” (2002-2003), “Caochangdi” (2004-2009), and “Three Shadows” (2006-2008). Each series is titled after the name of a place, beginning with the search for and eventual discovery of a studio in Liulitun, known as Six Mile Village, and the establishment of a life and practice before extending to the demolition and removal of the village; from having a roof over their heads—a house—in Caochangdi to establishing a family of three children—a home; and from building in brick and tile on a plot of land filled with trees and flowers to the emergence of Three Shadows as an important window into contemporary Chinese photography. All three series and all three places constitute the artists’ world: Six Mile Village, Three Shadows, and Caochangdi, the latter of which focuses on family life. This world calls out to and resonates with the world outside and, at times, this outside world returns ultimately to the world of Rong Rong and Inri. Behind the rise and fall, demolition and construction of the city, there exists also a supportive human spirit. All of the image works exhibited here were produced by the artists in their studio through traditional methods and by hand, and those in color were likewise colored by hand. The artists believe that the polymers of photographs developed by hand become more beautiful with the passage of time, or that, like the blood of the work, these chemical elements support the independent life of each piece.