My work is often described as poetic. This is probably why my focus was never to find a definite style, but to recognize poetry in my various artistic endeavors. My guiding framework is to translate the reality of the world into a voice, a reflection. At times, the poetic journey can become political and strong. At others, the slightest change in a 'familiar surrounding' can reveal a whole new meaning, an unusual or a personal place.
I use a variety of media - photography, installation, video, assemblage, archives - with a reflective purpose. My quest is to find the most effective way of presenting the concrete essence of each work and that in turn determines eventually the medium I use. For me, photography is conceived as a transformative space, arranging ephemeral interventions and installations before taking shots. I can then capture my formae mentis, the contents I wish to convey.
In the photographic series Shikumen Walls's started in 2010 after my moving to Shanghai, I was absorbed by the idea of reinventing imaginary human traces belonging to these abandoned houses. From these traces emanated the soul of the city. To me this work does not just illustrate the Shikumen houses in Shanghai as ephemeral architectural structures. It also offers a reflection on the fragility of home, exile, familiar territory, globalization, borders, barriers and walls, the permanent and the temporary, the past and present… all these telling us the story of migration, exile and walls within our world today.