Photography (MA)

Lunhua Kong

Lunhua Kong was born in northern China. She mainly creates photography, video and installation.

Contact

lunhua.kong@gmail.com

https://www.lunhuakongstudio.com

Events

Lunhua Kong's projects take photography and video installation as the medium. On the basis of vision and hearing, they expand the internal space narrative of installation works and construct the multi-dimensional communication for audience. These projects explore the role of photography beyond its function of record and reflect on the 'gap' between images and concepts.

Lunhua Kong's works pay attention to people’s unique and hidden emotions that appear against the background of contemporary culture. Particularly, they examine the living conditions that Asian females are faced with against the cultural background of the revival of Confucian culture.

Presented in various media forms, Lunhua Kong's recent project 'Constant Conjunction' is an ongoing project that will continue in the near future. It discusses women as the "watched" role in the tea ceremony and reflections on contemporary Zen culture.

Constant Conjunction — The video is the recording of the video installation combined with the moving image work.

’Constant Conjunction’ installation explores dualism universe and the boundaries between the audience and the work by constructing a ‘communication’ between the tea and flowers’ shadows which are the typical stuff in the tea ceremony through two parallel videos.
The dreamlike imaginary space constructs a parallel night world behind the stylized daytime's ceremony. It is like a secret that flowers and tea can play in another role compares with them in the Ikebana and cha-no-you styles during the ceremony.

Size:

2:31 min
Installation
Interactive
Performance
Photography
Playful
video

view 1 — “The flowers in the tea-ceremony are pressed into battle: Some flowers glory in death-certainly the Japanese cherry blossoms do, as they freely surrender themselves to the winds” said Okakura. The flowers’ shadow like a second spirit of people, swaying on ink wash painting.

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Japanese handmade paper; black tea — The process of dyeing paper with black tea is like bathing the body, from hot to cold. These Japanese handmade papers are like the rough skin of an old woman, soft and warm.

the screen of the moving images

Size:

2:31 min

lunch hour, 2018 — 90cmx60cm; C-Type printing

lunch hour, 2018 — 90cmx60cm; C-Type printing

lunch hour, 2018 — 60cmx90cm; C-Type printing

lunch hour, 2019 — 60cmx90cm; C-Type printing

lunch hour, 2019 — 60cmx90cm; C-Type printing

lunch hour, 2019 — 60cmx90cm; C-Type printing

lunch hour, 2018 — 60cmx90cm; C-Type printing

lunch hour, 2018 — 60cmx90cm; C-Type printing

lunch hour, 2020 — 90cmx60cm; C-Type printing

lunch hour, 2018 — 90cmx60cm; C-Type printing

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Based on the observation of the behavior of family members, the movie describes the emotional relationship between the daughter and her mother. Like the girl’s diary, it records her repetitive and tense life. Also, like a self-portrait, it takes down how the girl tries to find a way out in her life. The ‘She Reads Police Reports In Different Voices’ project explores the unique emotional role of the Oedipus Complex in Asian families.

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view 2 — The hand made of textiles is related to the girl's hand in the movie and expresses a soft touch. Movies and photos are connected by red textile threads. These threads are like blood vessels in bodies, like blood ties in families, and also like "secretions" of these photos.

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