The Festival of Insignificance
Each photograph in the work has taken an hour of exposure time and therefore 98 hours are spent to make this whole work. 'The Festival of Insignificance' is a photographic work which captures flow of time rather than figures. Because of such long exposure, features of subjects are blurred and distorted, eventually capturing subtle traces they made during the exposure. Such method of capturing an image has indirect link to Eastern philosophy, such as Daoism and Zen Buddhism which puts an emphasis on power of the deep time that is beyond human's understanding.
By looking at the grid-shaped, repetitive set of unidentifiable portraits and reading their thoughts and minds, one realises each person’s matter is as significant as oneself’s. However, at the same time, one realises universal significance is merely an insignificance. By going through an unhurried process of reading others’ abysmal minds, one forms an invisible solidarity of anonymous individuals and strangers and catches a glimpse of altruism and philanthropy.
(The Image provided comprised of an exhibition view with a detail image.)