Arts Empowering Lab
Pinhole Photography Exhibition by Cora Si WunCheng
A full-time artist, Cora works in the fields of editing, graphic design and photography, besides curating exhibitions. Since 2001 she has participated in more than 40 collective exhibitions, while having completed more than 40 curatorial projects and seven solo exhibitions. Since 2005, invited by editor of the Photography Section of the Chinese paper Macao Daily News, she has been contributing articles and interviews. She is also editor for a column on Macao Daily News Photography Section, and for Ox Magazine.
A graphic design graduate from the Macao Polytechnic Institute in 2001, Cora was the founder of the See Space and Meow Space, and curator at Ox Warehouse (2005 – 2017), as well photography instructor at the Seniors Academy, Macao Polytechnic Institute (2005 – 2017). She is currently a curator at Arts Empowering Lab, and chief supervisor of the Macao Digital Photography Association.
策展人 Curator : 何仲儀 Ho Chong I, Joey
開幕 Opening : 9/3 4pm
分享會 Sharing：9/3 5pm
展期 Extension period：10/3 ––– 6/4/2019
Opening Hours : noon - 7:00pm (except on Wednesday)
At Light – Pátio do Padre Narciso nº 1, R/C, Macau
免費入場 Free Admission
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主辦 Organizer：弘藝峰創作社 Arts Empowering Lab
贊助 sponsor：文化局 Instituto Cultural
場地贊助 Venue sponsor：At Light
See from Within
Cora Si Wun Cheng has devoted herself in photography for many years. As far as I know, she has always worked with professional photographic equipment for her productions. Meanwhile, she also loves to use manual film cameras for particular works. The rough texture of tiny particles on the film always fascinates her. In order to show the essence of photographic image, Cora would take the people she meet and the things she do in her daily life as a theme, and connect them to the world and see them in fresh eyes through pinhole camera.
In this smartphone era, everyone is becoming a photographer and each day we can find ourselves feeling overwhelmed by the images of every move that is too carefully calculated and the overused post-production effects. Yet, when you look at Cora’s latest works ‘See’, you would find a contrast, a feeling of purity, simplicity, and cleanliness, as well as a reminder of the very notion of photography.
In my opinions, this exhibition compels you to look beyond the photographic works and think more of its abstract concepts from within. Cora refuses to rely on the visual language most people use in common – neither using optical lenses to revise the image nor adjusting the contrast of image through filters. Her work – as a result of the composition with instinct, the reflection of light, and the dynamic layers of colours – just simply projects how human eyes perceive the world with most original and rustic images.
Jumping out of the box and getting rid of predesigned and post-production effects, Cora’s work shows a quality of naturalness that captivates us all. In the mainstream view of photography, overexposure, overlapping shape, blurriness, color deviation and other defects are unacceptable. Whereas those graphic defects transcend themselves and become a poetic pulse in the ‘See’. Intriguingly, her work leads us to re-experience what colours, lines and light are about in photography.
Prior to curating this exhibition, I was a bit puzzled as I was neither familiar with pinhole image nor certain who would find it interesting to see what Cora had gone through in her journey of photography. However, having said that, I do observe that Cora has taken a brave leap of faith – she stops replying her long-acquired skills and previous experience, but apply experimental techniques to capture the best moments of her life. Cora’s sincere invitation to her inner world offers us a news perspective of what life could have been.
Pinhole camera draw artists:
郝元春 Yolanda Kog / 洋小漫 Yang Illustration / 李卓媚 Legoston Lei /黎嘉敏 Bigcat / 盤永傑 Kit Pond / 施明坤 Frankie See / 蘇俊傑 Sou Chon Kit / 馬子維 Nelson Joel Jorge Madeira / 阿堅奴 Aquino da Silva / 詹婉文 Belinda Chim / 韋艷芳 Yaya Vai / 余汶燕 U Man In / 樊景賢 Fan Keng In / 郭志偉 Kuok Chi Wai / 陳芷喬 Chan Chi Kio / 方惠萍 Little Peng
特別嗚謝 Special thanks：
施明坤 Frankie See / 吳倩雯 Mon Ng
開幕及分享會相片 ｜Opening & Sharing photos :
工作坊 ｜ Workshop：
媒體報導 ｜News report：
澳門日報 2019/3/11 A06 澳聞 施援程針孔影像簡樸雋永
澳門日報 2019/3/9 C06 攝影 以心相見
澳門日報 2019/3/23 C06 攝影 周末信步：“見——施援程針孔影像展”