Balloon Xinyu (2020)

staged photography

During the pandemic, my good friend Xinyu, who went to school with me in the United States, decided to return to China. Due to the large number of cancelled flights, (while demand for a return ticket to China increased) It is hard to get a single flight ticket. With extremely limited options, Xinyu managed to snag a ticket back home, but she only had three days to pack her belongings. After Xinyu left, I visited her apartment in Providence and found many things that she could not bring back to China, but had left behind. Using a balloon to represent Xinyu, who was not present, I interacted with the items she left behind, reflected on her lifestyle, and took this series of photos in her apartment.

气球昕瑜 (2020)



Balloon Xinyu Trying to Sleep

It is really difficult

to make Balloon Xinyu lie down.

Balloon Xinyu Putting on Makeup

Balloon Xinyu is happy that

Zoom meetings save her a lot of

makeup time.

Balloon Xinyu Taking a Selfie

This is the first thing Balloon Xinyu does

after makeup.

Balloon Xinyu Having Midnight Snack

After all, Balloon Xinyu is a

Graduate student.

Balloon Xinyu Getting a Package

One of Balloon Xinyu’s

most exciting experience in PVD

Balloon Xinyu Watching Horror Films

Balloon Xinyu’s favorite role in

It Chapter Two is

the red balloon.

Balloon Xinyu Smoking

Balloon Xinyu tried to escape from her balcony and attack me

for multiple time

Balloon Xinyu Appreciating Her Work

Balloon Xinyu doesn’t have hands, so she can only

Appreciate her pieces.

Balloon Xinyu Struggling for D+M 21 Final Crit

However, Balloon Xinyu’s reflection sells her out.

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