We would like to express a huge thankyou to all who attended the Youzi Project exhibition a fortnight ago. There was a great turnout for the talk and screenings and I was really pleased that Zhuoer, Qingqing, Nina and Jack were so willing to talk about their experiences and answer questions from University staff and » Read On
Five photofilms have been made as part of The Youzi Project. Each focuses on a different individual and combines photographs, audio and video. These were shown in public for the first time at the exhibition a couple of weeks ago, and will soon be online along with a series of photographs on the Youzi Project » Read On
Nina studying at Western Bank Library This afternoon I got an email from Nina, which I think is important to share (thanks Nina for agreeing!): ‘I suddenly think about one saying in Chinese today in the middle of writing my essay, “父母在，不远游，游必有方。” It is an old and traditional Chinese saying, from Confucius, means while your » Read On
We are assessing the material that has been collected so far, and reflecting on what needs to be done. As a result, we are begininning to see what an end-point for this project might represent. It is likely that 5 short narratives, compromising film, photography and recorded sound, will portray fragments from the lives of 5 » Read On
From Tesco on West Street, Sheffield. Thanks to Matt for the photograph.
Here, we collate some of the images that capture the processes of our work on the project: Sharing notes from an interview. Trialling the website. Negatives. Work schedule. Photographing Yuan Shuai. Home cooked food with Linna Wei. Viewing the exhibition space. Contents of Gemma’s bag. Interview notes Tea with Douglas and Qingqing » Read On
‘It seemed preposterous to me that I could ever say anything authoritatively about my subjects or the culture as a whole’ (Paul D’Amato) Although I have had this project in mind for some time, when I think about it, since as long as I came back from China in 2009, it still wasn’t easier to » Read On
游子 yóu zǐ (pronounced ‘yo-zuh’), is a Chinese word that can be translated as ‘wanderer’. It indicates people who are living far away, but who have a strong connection to home. The root of the first character is in water, and is suggestive of travelling, or drifting. This word was suggested by Nina, one of » Read On