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Yingguang Guo
The Bliss of Conformity

Photographs by Yingguang Guo

Text by Yingguang Guo (Chinese / English)

Design by 1 and 1/2 Studio

La Maison de Z, 2019

Edition of 800 copies

Velvet softcover

86 pp., b/w and color illustrated throughout

287 x 205 mm

ISBN 9782956407119

Item #9115

0.750 9115 EUR 47.00 Add to Cart

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Winner of the 2017 Prix Madame Figaro Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival

Armed with a piece of paper showing name, birthdate, profession and a picture, the mothers and fathers in Shanghai’s People’s Park, captured by Chinese artist Yingguan Guo, are looking to arrange marriages for their children. Having herself been dumped because of her advanced age (at 33 years), Guo began documenting the strange, frenzied matchmaking ceremonies taking place between desperate parents both from afar and nearby: every few pages, the photobook contains brittle pockets in which Guo hid scenes taken with a spy camera, capturing her interactions with the matchmakers. “How old are you?” - “Born in 1983” - “Oh, good luck. You are very brave.”

The book includes three "pockets" from where you can pull out a booklet with screenshots of the artist’s performance video.

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