Red illuminates  explores the concept of culture in socialist countries and how loyalty to the state is cultivated. The catalyst for the project was found in a residential area of Beijing where Special Criminal Syndicate Combat propaganda posters displayed, on average, every 40 meters. These are presented alongside large-format portraits of so-called young pioneers emulating Mao Zedong’s portrait in Tiananmen Square. A white orchid blooming under artificial grow lights, a still from a video work, is listening to socialist propaganda from CCTV (China’s official news channel) continuously for 30 days. I ask the question, “could this conditioning eventually turn a white orchid red?”.

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 video

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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 in:


The Pupil Sphere online exhibition (UK) 


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


JRNL6 Fall 2020 Issue (Canada)


Published as TLP Edition by PhotoIreland


Published on Dodho Magazine (Spain)

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