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SHAN KUN WU

Night with Bird

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Born in 1989, Shankun Wu was born in Guangzhou, a megalopolis on the Pearl River located in southern China. After studying cinema at the Beijing Normal University from 2008 to 2012, he perfected his training by completing a masters in photography at the renowned London College of Communication. Immediately after graduation, he dedicated himself to this artistic practice as an independent photographer.  ... See more See less

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Sensitive to the environment that he grew up in, Shankun Wu remembers the Chinese paintings and traditional calendars full of images that his grandparents collected. Both decorative and symbolic, these objects made a strong impression on the visual imagination he now draws on ? not without a sense of nostalgia, one of his main wellsprings of inspiration. He considers photography to be a kind of mental journal enabling him to represent parts of his inner, abstract world and to cause certain concerns to resurface that were once buried within his subconscious: ?Since our memory is very fragile, no one can remember exactly what happened in the past. Bringing back memories is therefore more like re-imagining the past. Just as trees can link the past with the present, and represent life and eternity, I would like my photographs to be able to provide a sense of eternity.?

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30 December 2013

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