Living in a pulsing metropolis which materialised in little over thirty years, it’s understandable that artists in Shenzhen are drawn to spaces where nature reigns supreme. Camera in hand, photographer Nan C travelled extensively, capturing the world and the absence and presence of the humans within it.
Beginning her career as a lawyer, Nan C felt trapped by an industry whose strict regulations prohibited the soul from wandering. She decided instead to pursue photography, a medium which seizes the ephemeral and allows for freedom of expression.
For Nan C, Shenzhen has a tangible energy. Just like each person has a unique personality, she feels each city has an energy and for Shenzhen; its as strong as a heartbeat. Still in its infancy, the city is host to an increasing concentration of talent. This fertile artistic ground provides opportunities for artists and artworks yet to be cultivated - a space Nan C strives to be a pioneer within.
Excited to join the ranks of such excellent Chinese artists, Nan C tells me she is honoured by the opportunity to exhibit her work in Shenzhen. She hopes that through her photography, she may bring a unique, heart warming aesthetic to the exhibition.
With the introduction of our newest artist, NanC, Je is proud to announce the opening of Rhapsody part II: Nascent. As a city, Shenzhen has emerged and exploded in just over three decades. It has become known as a city where anyone can make their fortune and celebrates great things to come from the humblest beginnings. Like Shenzhen in its youth, Nan C epitomises burgeoning talent on the cusp of rapid expansion. This potential is part of what makes this exhibition such an exciting reveal for all of us at Je. Nascent is an innovation in our ongoing goal ofshowcasing and supporting contemporary Chinese artists, while striving to bring Chinese audiences conceptually and aesthetically excellent work.
An extension of the Shenzhen project, Rhapsody, Nascent is produced in collaboration with Merry Papery. Merry Papery opened in Shenzhen in 2014. In an age of immediate gratification and mindless consumption, Marry Papery re-introduces refinement and care through slow, considered production. Working predominately with wedding photographers, Merry Papery creates wedding albums, invitations, sign-in books and other wedding stationary with passion for the tangible quality of print. Believing that the scope of its beauty is unlimited, Merry Papery continues to produce the highest quality paper products through the ebb and flow of digital & handmade trends.