Program 2016

Lei Lei & Thomas Sauvin

China & France (1985 & 1983)

Hand-Colored Photography


In 2013, the two artists gathered a great number of anonymous black and white images found in flea markets around China. As they sorted through them, they dreamt up the lives of these unknown photographers and imagined that the snapshots belonged to the same person. Through a repeated process of colourisation, cutting, collage, digitalisation and printing, they connect these images together, thereby creating a new story. By appropriating these photographs from the past, they also reveal the endless narrative potential of a snapshot taken out of its original context.

Meet Lei Lei & Thomas Sauvin on 10 September