PR: Photography Now 2012

Press Release

Photography Now 2012

Photography Now 2012

Opening reception: March 10, 2012, from 5-7pm

Gallery hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 12-5pm and by appointment

The Center for Photography at Woodstock (CPW) is pleased to announce Photography Now 2012, juried by Natasha Egan, Director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago.

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Nina Kuo

Nina Kuo

CHI PAO (CHINESE BANNER DRESSES)

September 25 – November 7, 1999

This mixed media installation addresses gender stereotypes in conventions of femininity prevalent in Chinatown.

Nina Kuo’s Chinese style dresses incorporate film stills from the 1940s – 1950s that evoke the post World War II era of Hong Kong movies, where Western and Eastern notions of romance met highly stylized emotions associated with dramas, family struggles, sacrifice, self denial, and virtue that middle class citizens may question as they seek a renewal of their own heritage and fantasies.

In Chi Pao these film still images are juxtaposed with the artists’ own version of middle class portraits, posing contemporary gestures with past models of global Asian pop culture.

The alluring photo dress monitors the evolution of the Chinatown voyeur inspired by Hollywood glamour, fast food, and everyday fashion. These transformed images reveal a deja vu sensation of how time flirts with Chinese American values.

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