Until Death Do Us Part [双喜] focuses on the unexpected role cigarettes play in Chinese weddings.
As a token of appreciation, it is customary for the bride to light a cigarette for each and every man invited. The bride and the groom are then invited to play some cigarette-smoking games of an unprecedented ingenuousness. This publication pays homage to a tradition in which love and death walk hand in hand.
These photos come from the Beijing Silvermine project, an archive of half a million negatives salvaged over the years from a recycling plant on the edge of Beijing.
Pimo Dictionary is an extension of Experimental Relationship. It is a dictionary of our daily language. My mother language is Mandarin, and Moro’s mother language is Japanese. Usually we communicated with each other in English. Neither of our English is good enough to completely express ourselves or understand each other. So we come up with a hybrid of Chinese/Japanese/English/mantra/slang language. The dictionary works as a visual & textual manual for our own coded language and mannerisms.
Material: Clothbound Hardcover
Product Dimensions: 110mm x 145mm x 15mm
Published: May 2018, First edition Second print of 500
Designer: Pixy Liao is a multidisciplinary Chinese New York artist. Her work sheds light on gender roles in heterosexual relationships.
First Edition: 500，published in Nov. 2015 Numbered & Signed
Cai Dongdong, born in Tianshui Ganshu in 1978, enlisted in 1996, studied at Beijing Film Academy in 2002. Now he lives and works in Beijing. He was awarded the first prize of the 3rd premio Terna prize in 2010. He awarded as TOP 20 of Chinese New Photographer Award in 2015.
Statement by the artist
These works were sourced from my photos taken in these years. They were piled up like chicken ribs, so I operated on them, like a surgeon. I applied various methods according to different pictures: engraving, rubbing, curling, or making a photography installation with other objects. I tried all I can to save these pictures by giving them new meanings. Each picture was printed by hand. I looked them over and over to explore their inner dramatic structures, or even another space. When the image is regarded as a pure object, the print becomes a tangible place.