2020

2020 From the series Warnings by Kiki Xue
2020 From the series Warnings by Kiki Xue

2020
by Kiki Xue
© Kiki Xue

Fashion photographer Xue reflected upon the global nature of the Covid-19 pandemic - this universality influenced the obscurification of his model’s faces. Xue used artist LuHuang’s ‘creatures’ mask to create a detailed vibrant facade. The image is both alluring and disturbing - the ‘portrait’ is absent. An alternative portrait shows the model wearing detritus with which she is trapped in a net. The model’s downcast solemnity juxtaposed absurdly with the piled-up rubbish alludes to the global disaster of uncontrolled consumerism and waste within the natural world.

Chinese photographer Kiki Xue studied at Xihua University, Chengdu, China and currently lives and works as a fashion photographer in Paris. In his work, he aims to convey his appreciation of beautiful, imperfect objects and people through a variety of cultural forms. Kiki Xue’s portraits have been seen in publications including national Vogue titles in Italy, China and UAE as well as Harper’s Bazaar China. They have also been seen in group exhibitions including Beyond Fashion (2020 Shanghai, 2019 Hong Kong), Miami Art Fair (2019) and Photo Vogue Festival, Milan (2016).

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