Jia Hao

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My country has one of the most stringent quarantine policies in the world during the global spread of Covid-19. My city was quarantined, and the local authorities required residents to remain indoors for at least fourteen days. Since I am a quiet person, I thought it was appropriate for me at the moment.

After three days of living by myself, feelings of anxiety and fear became increasingly prevalent in my mind. It was evident that life's basics were becoming increasingly scarce as time passed, and no one knew where to get them or when to resume normal living.

To overcome my emotional despair, I tried to concentrate more on myself and less on the outer world. My life over the past thirty years flashed before my eyes like a fast-paced film. I am pursuing my degree overseas, operating a small business in my city, and participating in other activities. I took numerous photographs of those unforgettable events, but I neglected my inner emotions and my body's steady transformation.

My work documents the emotional stress and physical discomfort I experienced as a woman living alone. I feel that some women of the same age as me also experience comparable mental concerns, such as age and gender anxiety. Similar to how the water faucet appears clear through my lens, ladies tend to have a clear perception of exterior things. In the meanwhile, I use photographies with paper materials that I cut from abandoned magazine mixed together to suggest that women frequently suffer an uncertain, difficult-to-express sense of self.

That's here. That's home. That's us. On it, everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every superstar, every supreme leader, every saint and sinner in the history of our species, lived there, on a mote of dust, suspended in a sunbeam. - Carl Sagan, in Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (S01E13) Unafraid of the Dark
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Jia Hao (b.1990, China) is a visual artist based in the Yunnan province of China. She studied at the State University of New York at Albany between 2010 and 2014 graduating with an BA in Fine Art with a focus on photography and digital imaging.

Jia works predominantly in photography and collage, building surreal narratives within her work. Her main focus is on the human body and the environment and, through her work, she creates a dialogue about the expression and concealment of human identity. Influences come from the fashion industry and e-commerce, research into traditional folk art and conceptual visual art relating to body politics. Jia’s work uses pattern, composition and interaction to create collections of images reflecting on her themes, working between monochrome photography, performance to camera and high color collage.

United States
Highland Park



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