Seen?Unseen:The Migrant Children
This Project focuses on marginalized migrant people community in Beijing, who come from less developed areas around China. I collaborated with a group of migrant children, teaching them photography while providing film cameras for them. Every piece of the final work consists of two visual parts: left side portrait taken by me as a deadpan observation; right side snapshots taken by the children using cameras I gave them, candid and intimate. The two major photography genres provide reading contexts for each other and intricately display the intrinsic atmosphere and feelings of their daily life.
Chen Tianqiutao is an artist and educator working in China and the United States. Chen earned a BFA in Photography from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and received an MFA in Photography and an MA in Art + Design Education from the Rhode Island School of Design. Chen’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including at the Center for Photography at Woodstock (Woodstock, NY), ClampArt (New York, NY), Figge Art Museum (Davenport, IA), Minneapolis College of Art and Design (Minneapolis, MN), CAFA Art Museum (Beijing, China), Minsheng Art Museums (Beijing, China), DongGang International Photo Festival (Yeongwol, South Korea), Taipei International Photo Festival (Taipei, Taiwan), and Copenhagen Photo Festival (Copenhagen, Denmark), among others. His photobook has won the Lucie Photo Book Prize for the Independent Publishing Category and has been shortlisted for the Images Vevey Book Award.
This work is interesting because they count the current situation of the immigrants through simple portraits of children compared with the actual everyday life they photographed.