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Soft Power: Upcoming Exhibition in Beijing

My first solo exhibition in Beijing opens this Sunday, 27th September. It's a book and photo installation inspired by living in the unique conditions of China today. Conditions which have me looking at censorship in other places, particularly my home country, where …

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Printing a Cyanotype Mural in Beijing

In Beijing, we have reliable sunlight only half the year. To make my blueprints, I need strong sunlight and no rain. In spring, the pressure is on to create work which I've designed over the winter. Below: a video of Cyanotype printing on the …

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Paper Collection-in-Progress

Clips from a long-term project across China, searching for paper for my artwork: from Silk Road papers from Xinjiang to tea papers in the Southwest to the famous Xuan paper used by artists and scholars for centuries.  Translation: Alicia Cai Music: "Zheng" by Jonny Faith

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Bright summer days in Beijing

Summer in Beijing is here. Skies are clear, blue and bright. Writing has taken a back seat to enjoying life and art in this hectic city. Model from acupuncture shop, Beijing. Study for a series of large-scale photos, a meditation on censorship …

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Dreaming of Hong Kong

View of Kowloon from Hong Kong harbor Many years ago, after finishing university, I was sleeping on the floors and in the spare bedrooms of various kind friends in Liverpool, while working at a decrepit 'gallery with character'. One night as if to escape I …

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Black and White and Blue

At the China Exploration and Research Society, Hong Kong Stark colors by the South China sea. Two days. Two (Burmese) cats. Meals forgotten as I worked through one volume after the next. Seven thousand pages scanned for my research. One …

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Best Antidote for the Winter Blues?

Your Friends. A friend photographs her neighbor, the day after her wedding. XiangCheng, Tibetan Sichuan     Stay in touch Subscribe to my articles by email.      Preview

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Going West

Western China: Borderlands. Hills. Barbarians (according to 'more civilized' residents out east). This fall, thanks to a residency with the China Exploration and Research Society in Shangri-la,  I got another taste of the southwest: : Video still from a meeting …

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Funlanthropy

Dwight gets them started early with social media Last year I sat down with some creative friends in Bangkok, and recorded their stories for a podcast series, Art for Travelers. Finally – after recovering audio files from a crashed computer …

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Beating Bark in Beijing

Since moving to Beijing, I've been on the lookout for partners on a quest to make unique art books. Something like the special edition of Paper Pilgrimage, but with a more creative synthesis of Chinese and American (okay, Western) techniques. …

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