Conceptual - NOMINEE: Haoran Fan
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Growing up, I lived and worked in many different places and often felt isolated and anxious without a sense of belonging. This sense of displacement created a space-time fabric of memory interwoven with dark fears and cavernous doubts. The photographic body of work Displacement is a visual representation of retrieving these memories and experiencing the conflict between memories and reality. Working in black and white, with source landscape photographs taken in a variety of locations, I create psychological landscapes that are complex and layered with delicate detail. Not apparent at first glance, most images also include a single figure to represent how these myriads of experiences and memories often added to a deepening sense of anxiety and isolation.
Haoran Fan (b. 1991, China) lives and works in New York. He received a master degree in photography at the School of Visual Arts (New York City) in 2016. Influenced by multi-disciplinary academic backgrounds (with sociology, advertising, integrated marketing and graphic design), he has been exploring photographic subjects and approaches in a great diversity of directions and stages. Based on still photography, he currently has a favor for exploring the coexistence of natural landscapes and human behaviors. Through reconstructing reality and fiction, Fan creates a new space which states the interaction between objects, human beings and emotions, with peaceful visual language.
Fan’s work was selected and exhibited in PULSE Miami Beach Contemporary Art Fair (2016), APA Top 30 Untitled Exhibition (2016), Tokyo International Foto Awards Special Mention (2016), New York Times Portfolio Review (2016), and Robin Rice Gallery (2015, 2016).