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Wang lin

Photographer invited to the Planche (s) Contact festival in 2015

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Double meaning

Ex-stewardess today focused on her photographic work, Wang Lin pursues in Deauville a quest for identity started several years ago. Between frontal, almost documentary panoramas, and conceptual and poetic scenes, Wang Lin brings a new look to Deauville Normandy airport.

Born in 1973 in Tianjin, Wang Lin joined Hainan Airline as a flight attendant in 1992, at the age of 19. Ten years later, she resigns to join theAcademy of Fine Arts from beijing in order to study photography. Graduated in 2005, she joined Okay Airline, which allowed him for five years to reconcile his two passions, fly and photograph. His documentary series on the life of flight attendants begins to be exposed and attracts a lot of attention on websites. This enthusiasm leads to her dismissal by her employer and to a lawsuit, which she will lose.

Today, Wang Lin devotes himself entirely to photographic creation. His work remains autobiographical. Centered on his identity as a cabin crew, Wang Lin tells his story through a series of self-portraits in imaginary landscapes. Her new research portrays her as a sleepwalking air hostess in an abandoned airport in Tianjin, her hometown, as a metaphor for modern China caught up in the construction and renovation virus.

In the vein of this identity and personal quest, she wanted to continue in Deauville the work started in Tianjin and in her series "Stray Tulips" by going to the Deauville-Normandie airport site. There, between almost documentary frontal views and conceptual stagings, she brought her sensitivity as a woman photographer and ex-flight attendant and continued her self-portraitist work to render an unprecedented version of the Deauvillaise terminal.

Jean Loh, exhibition curator about the exhibition Double meaning by Wang Lin: 
"Pronounced with a slight English accent on the boards of Deauville, the title "Double meaning", taken from Wang Lin's work, adds to the already flagrant visual shift a touch of exoticism, as soon as we discover that these photographs are taken by a former Chinese flight attendant. 
Taking advantage of Deauville airport, Wang Lin finds his familiar tarmac to start a new part of his autobiographical work. Like a fallen angel who can no longer fly, Wang Lin plays the game of "
it existed"so dear to Roland Barthes:"I am there and I am no longer there"Between the airstrip and the beach, between sky and sea, between the sailor and the air, with delicacy and sensitivity, Wang Lin expresses his heartbreak between gravity and freedom."

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