Red illuminates was created as a reflection on the culture in socialist countries and the ways in which loyalty to the state is cultivated. In a residential area of Beijing, there was a Special Criminal Syndicate Combat propaganda poster on average every 40 meters. This project consists of multiple elements shown in the installation form. The moving image  piece documents an orchid was placed in a confined space listening to socialist propaganda under artificial grow lights continuously for 30 days. In socialist institutions, educate young generations to form socialist views on the world and ensure political security is a primary concern. “We must consolidate and strengthen guidance to ideological and political in the education system to ensure younger generations become socialist builders and heirs.” stressed by the current Chinese president Xi Jinping.


The use of large format camera and colour photographic film for the young pioneer portraits align with the large scale Mao Zedong’s portrait in Tiananmen Square.(Installation audio elements: red songs; CCTV News Broadcasting.)

The Special Criminal Syndicate Combat

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Day 1

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The Young Pioneers

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Individual image from the Special Criminal Syndicate Combat poster

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Individual image from the Special Criminal Syndicate Combat poster

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Individual image from the Special Criminal Syndicate Combat poster

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Individual image from the Special Criminal Syndicate Combat poster

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Individual image from the Special Criminal Syndicate Combat poster

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Individual image from the Special Criminal Syndicate Combat poster

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Individual image from the Special Criminal Syndicate Combat poster

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Day 30

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The Young Pioneers

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Untitled still photographs

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Still frame from the moving image

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Digital simulation of photo installation

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Digital simulation of photo installation

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Red illuminates featured with:


The Pupil Sphere online exhibition (UK) 


Photoworks Photography + online magazine, #8 The Graduate Issue (UK)


JRNL6 Fall 2020 Issue (Canada)

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