Balloon Xinyu (2020)



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)



疫情期间,和我一起在美国上学的好朋友Xinyu决定返回中国。因为大量航班被取消,回国需求却增加,出现了“一票难求”的现象。在选择极其有限的情况下,Xinyu好不容易抢到了一张回国的机票,但她只有三天时间收拾行李。Xinyu离开后,我造访她在美国的公寓,发现了很多她无法带回国,被留下来的东西。我使用一个气球代替不在场的Xinyu,和她留下来的物品互动,回想她曾经的生活习惯,在她的公寓里拍摄了这组照片。

  

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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