“Heralding from Shanghai, China, Leon Yan is a multi-talented artist who writes, directs and edits films. Leon’s work is cinematic in nature, and each scene he captures seems to carry a story or reflection within.”-VSCO
China is a country that, for better and for worse , has meant and continues to mean a lot to me. So much of my life has been linked to this country and so many things have happened here that the only word that comes to my mind when I think about it it’s 缘分 which sort of the Mandarin equivalent to serendipity or fate.I have been through many phases in my relationship with China, the falling in love of the student years, the hardships and the excitement of the working years and finally the contradictions I witness constantly in the contemporary Chinese society. Some of them make me smile, some of them make me frustrated. One thing is for sure, China is a fascinating country.
I particularly enjoyed seeing the “Motherland” through the eyes of mix media artist Leon Yan, an artist and videographer whose works spans from writing and editing of videos to photography. I love his photographic work especially the Shanghai series and the Huangshan photo series.Some of these pictures remind me of the classic Chinese ink paintings and bring me back to that quiet and stillness of the countryside that it’s in such big contrast with the fast paced way of life you will find in any big Chinese cities nowadays.
Leon is part of the new creative way of underground Chinese artists based out in Shanghai and was one of the recipients of the
“Artist initiative” a scholariship funded by Vsco, awarded to 16 young creatives.
All photographs above are ©Leon Yan