Wang Lin


© Wang Lin
© Sandrine Boyer Engel

Invited to the Planche(s) Contact Festival in 2015

Former flight attendant currently focused on her photographic work, Wang Lin pursues in Deauville a quest for identity started many years ago. Among almost documentary frontal panoramas and conceptual and poetic settings, Wang Lin brings a new perspective over the Deauville Normandie airport.

Born in 1973 in Tianjin, Wang Lin joined Hainan Airline as a flight attendant in 1992, when she was 19. Ten years later, she resigned to enrolling to the Académie des Beaux-Arts de Pékin to study photography. Graduated in 2005, she joined Okay Airline, an opportunity to combine for five years her two passions: flying and photographing. Her documentary series about life of flight attendants started to be exhibited and attracted considerable attention on the websites. This enthusiasm cost her to be fired by her employer, and then to initiate and lose a trial.

Nowadays, Wang Lin entirely dedicates to photographic creation. Her works remain autobiographical. Focused on her aircrew identity, Wang Lin tells her story through a series of self-portraits surrounded by imaginary landscapes. Her recent research led her to represent herself as a somnambulist flight attendant in an abandoned airport of Tianjin, her home town, as if it was a metaphor of modern China affected by the virus of construction and renovation.

Keeping in with this identity and personal quest, she is interested in pursuing in Deauville, particularly at the Deauville-Normandie airport, the work she started in Tianjin and in her Stray Tulips series. Here, among almost documentary frontal views and conceptual settings, she creates through her self-portraits an unprecedented version of the Deauville terminal, based on her sensitivity of female photographer and former flight attendant.