Zhe Chen and Tom Stoddart


I had two artists work in August who stood out to me among the more popular artists ands these were Zhe Chen and Tom Stoddart.

Zhe Chen explains her series “Bees” to be about “A marginalised group of people in China, who, faced with violence, chaos, alienation and irredeemable losses in life, feels propelled to leave physical traces an markings on their bodies, in order to preserve and corroborate a pure and sensitive mind from within” [1]

The series “the bearable” is about the artists self-harming on her own body, which she say was a great help getting the images for the “Bees” series. Check out her website, Zhe Chen.

Tom Stoddart’s work was discovered on a road outside of Prestina. There were a lot of bodies, clothes and belongings. It was here where he came across albums and wallets filled with photographs. “They were beautiful…the sun and the rain had made the colours run. They showed all kinds of people- young and old, lovers embracing, more communist-style, formal portraits. If you have just five minutes to get out of your house, you will take your famillies, some money and your photographs. On this road – ‘the Road of Death’ – people had taken entire albums with them” [2] Click Tom Stoddart to see is work.

[1] ‘Inge Morath’ in British Journal of Photography, August 2011 p12

[2] ‘Family Matters’ in British Journal of Photography, August 2011 p17

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