Diploma project, ECAL 2021


by Manqin Zhang

I’m not a loner is a photo based installation where Manqin acts like an archeologist that digs into the forgotten and insignificant part of life.
The work consisting of three resin spinning tops, four concrete blocks, five T-shirts, twelve lighters, and two plates. By treating them as historical artifacts – displaying on plinths of different heights, evoking
a forest-like environment, the work intends to build a narrative of individual history through memories, relations and objects. As individual history describes the fear, anger, and guilt – personal, familial, societal, and historical – that comprise a life. Manqin wishes to increase the role of the individual in history to bring up the importance of self being and deal with the modern alienation.