Teresa Eng spent time as an artist in resident in China in 2012 and 2015, observing the rapid development of the cities and surroundings. With “Self/Portrait”, Teresa presents portraits of Chinese millennials that she approached in a shopping center alongside selfies picked from their mobile phones. The portraits, introspective by nature, are lit by bright LED advertisements. In contrast, each subject’s selfie reveals details of their lives and interests as well as how they want to be seen. “Self/Portrait” speaks of individualization in a transitioning capitalist society as well as the need to belong.
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