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    Mind The Gap 序列1.

    , Yirou Zhou 周依柔, 2022, moving image

    Since 2020, with the disruption of flights and policies due to the global epidemic, it has become extremely difficult to return home. Sometimes a nostalgia-like feeling comes to mind, where does this nostalgia come from? If the epidemic becomes a thing of the past and the world returns to order, will this feeling disappear as well?Living in a foreign country is geographically removed from the surroundings where one once lived, it is a kind of alienation. The need to learn new social rules to adapt to new cultures, for an outsider everything is unknown waiting to be explored, insecurity, fear, anxiety, excitement, reconciliation... These emotions accompany the encounter with the other in everyday life and constantly constitute the destruction and reconstruction of self-identity.The internet seems to shorten this distance even more rapidly, and through communication technology we can be in touch with anyone at any time and be aware of the changes that are taking place on the planet. Watching the daily news updates: war, disease, hunger, for those in front of the screen, disasters are distant and localised, somewhere on the planet disaster is striking all the time. In fact, there is no such thing as second-class sadness; pain connects people together, creating an illusory but unmistakable community. Joy, sad, anger, guilt, cowardice... how do we feel about the world? Is it really necessary to close the channels of perception and turn the heart into a stone? Who has the right to speak of suffering, who has the legitimacy to express it.This is our common life, broken every day, trying very hard to rebuild ourselves, to continue to feel, to express, to care, to make more connect, to experience again the breaking and rebuilding.

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    Have you looked for that bird?
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    Have you looked for that bird?

    , Yirou Zhou 周依柔, 2022, mixed media

    Photography, Broken brick, Blind chain, Folding ladder, Fabric, Machine print landscape painting, Book (Thirsty of Love by Yukio Mishima)

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    This morning I watched the deer
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    This morning I watched the deer

    , Yirou Zhou 周依柔, 2021, single screen, loop, 08:41

    This project began with the closed sensory experience in the isolated space during the pandemic. I reflected on and tried to reconstruct some alienated inner experience it brought, namely the separation of inside and outside, sound and picture, and the re-grafting of the distance between self and others.

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  4. Yirou Zhou 周依柔 – MA/MFA

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Yirou Zhou 周依柔 – MA/MFA

Some of the issues that I am most interested in today include: How is the material world constructed by images in the society we live in? How do images invade the spiritual world? How is the discursive power played out in images? As for medium, I am trying to use painting, still and moving image, and sound to reconstruct the over-normalized world.