Phnom Penh Photo 2012
Wang Lin worked as a stewardess for a Chinese air line and was fired after an unbelievable manipulation of her black and white images documenting the daily routine of the company's employees were put online with intent to harm her. She then put together a series of photomontages in panorama format Rêves d’hôtesse de l’air (Stewardess Dreams), beautiful and critical, in which she stages herself with humor. A humor mixed with sadness that dialogs with a fine tonality of colors both washed out and vibrant. The title evokes the tulip blossom, but the flower actually represents her metaphorically: some tulips are light colored or their flowers open up by day and fade away at night, depending on their perfume to attract pollinating insects. Wang Lin sees in the tulip blossom an epitome of the job of the stewardess. Since losing her job, she feels like a lost tulip flower, a wandering tulip.
Wang Lin received her diploma in photography from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing in 2003. Her work on the life of flight attendants, in both color and black and white, conferred a certain notoriety upon her. In 2007, Wang Lim had her first personal exhibition at the Chinese Museum of Arts in Xie Yi. In 2012, she was awarded the Shiseido Prize in Beijing for the best woman photographer during the festival of Caochangdi PhotoSpring. For several years, Wang Lim had contributed to numerous newspapers, including China Daily, Southern People’s Weekly, China Youth Daily, CAAC Journal, LENS Vision, China Photo Press, and Blog Weekly etc.
Photo Phnom Penh festival
From December 8 – 13, 2012