Youth, Girls. Luo Yang Selected Works
Francisco Carolinum Linz / 21. Oct. 2020 till 28. Mar. 2021
YOUTH, GIRLS. Luo Yang Selected Works.
The young Chinese photographer Luo Yang (born 1984) is being shown for the first time in a solo exhibition in Austria. Approximately 50-60 photographs from the series GIRLS and YOUTH will be on display in the Francisco Carolinum.
Luo Yang studied graphic design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Shenyang, but turned to photography after graduating. Between 2008 and 2016 she created the extensive series GIRLS, a very personal examination by the photographer of women of her generation. Whether against the backdrop of Chinese megacities or in intimate settings in their private lives, the young women appear self-confident and individual, while at the same time coming across as vulnerable and fragile. Away from traditional female role models and traditional stereotypes, they are on a quest to achieve a self-determined life in modern China.
In the series YOUTH, Luo Yang has been focusing since 2019 on adolescents of Generation Z, that is to say those born in the 1990s and around 2000. Here, fluid gender classifications become just as clear as the search for individual expression between creative staging and authentic body awareness. Luo Yang draws a sensitive picture of urban Chinese youth in search of orientation and identity.