Discovering Maleonn

iStock_000002304708Small-lensMaleonn is a Shanghai based artist whose work I encountered for the first time last week. I’ve been thinking about it ever since. I was introduced to it by this online article in the Guardian.

In 2012 he carried out a “Studio Mobile” project. He spent months preparing sets and costumes for use by those who would have their portraits taken, and then visited hundreds of provinces taking over 200,000 photographs of people who had asked to be part of the project.

The painstaking preparatory work, creating the costumes and the setting for these moments of fantasy and humour inspired me, and the importance of fantasy and art in everyday life seems validated by the huge response from people all over China.

I am fascinated by the photographs and by the process.

Join the conversation: How do you respond to Maleonn’s work?