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Featured Artist: Tianqi Liao

Art | June 11, 2024 |

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Image courtesy of Tianqi Liao

Featured Artist
Tianqi Liao

Tianqi is interested in blending the languages of conceptual and documentary photography to position banality within a lens of scrutiny. Her work seeks to extract seemingly mundane moments to amplify them into absurdity. In her photographic series, she offers reflective presentations that interrogate the interplay between permanence and transience, as well as reality and idealization, underpinned by philosophical inquiries.

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Image courtesy of Tianqi Liao

Tianqi is a visual artist with a Master of Arts in Arts Administration from Columbia University. As a photographer, she is intrigued by conversations that arise from the friction between societal norms and individual perceptions. Through her lens, Tianqi captures the subtle tensions and overt contradictions present in everyday life, employing a critical eye to examine themes of conformity, resistance, and the spaces between. This approach allows her to highlight the complex dynamics of societal structures and their impact on personal experiences, inviting viewers to question and reconsider their own viewpoints and the world around them.

Image courtesy of Tianqi Liao

Image courtesy of Tianqi Liao

Image courtesy of Tianqi Liao

Image courtesy of Tianqi Liao

Adjacent to her artistic endeavours, Tianqi’s professional experience spans several arts and cultural organizations, including the Bronx Documentary Center, David Zwirner, FITZ & CO, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. With a deep interest in photography, she aims to stimulate conversations through lens-based practices and to create platforms for dialogue and development for a variety of artistic talent.

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“Aeons from the Scorching Sun” embarks on an exploration of the sun’s implicit omnipresence, reinterpreting this celestial symbol traditionally celebrated as a beacon of high aspiration and prominence. This series moves beyond conventional perceptions, unveiling layers of nuanced meanings that emerge from an intimate interplay of light and shadows. Entwined with phenomenological principles, the project explores how perceptions are inherently shaped by proximity to the subjects of observation—recognizing that to observe is to change and be changed.

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Image courtesy of Tianqi Liao

By challenging viewers to study their ways of seeing, the project promotes a deeper, more personal engagement with the environment, cultivating a refined appreciation for the profound and lasting impact of the sun in shaping our collective and individual perceptions. Each image serves as a deliberate examination of perspectives, emphasizing the transient nature of our existence against the sun’s enduring constancy.

more. www.tianqi-liao.com

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