Saudade: American by Ginger Liu at Manchester MMU Art Show

Saudade American: Look At Me, I'm Sandra Dee

Saudade American –  Look At Me, I’m Sandra Dee

 

Ginger Liu

Saudade: American

Saudade is a Portuguese term for a deep melancholic longing or nostalgia for a person, place or time that has gone forever.

American is a portrait of an inveterate exploration into an identity which is defined by an intangible cultural heritage. The Saudade is for the loss of an imagined life.

I was born in the United States and grew up in England and have lived my adult life, equally between two countries. By reconstructing the past using the family album and archives, autobiographical memory, familiar and popular culture, oral and national history, I (re)invent the past using self-portraiture and digitally manipulated photographs to explore perceptions of memory, identity, and multiculturalism.

 

Digital Image Composite
Location: Venice High School, Los Angeles (external school shot location for the 1977 movie, Grease)
Composite: Hollywood
Wardrobe: Pink lace full-length prom dress

Ginger Liu

MA Show
30 September – 8 October 2016

Fri 30 Sep- Sat 8 Oct (Private viewing on Thu 29 Sep, 5.30pm-8.30pm), Manchester Art, MMU, Cavendish Street, Manchester, M15 6BR, 0161 247 1751, Mon-Fri: 10am-6pm, Sat: 10am-4pm, closed Sun 2 Oct, FREE,

 

The Johanneans #4 by Ginger Liu at MSA Manchester

MSA in Manchester is to exhibit the artist group show ‘Accidental Archives,’ with contributions from Los Angeles and London based artist, Ginger Liu. GLIU will exhibit her multimedia work, The Johanneans #4, which showcases an autobiographical visual reading of family, migration, memory and identity. Color photographic works by Ginger Liu are available for purchase as ‘Memories for Sale’ on the artist’s e-commerce Shopify website: Punctum #4.

The Johanneans #4 by Ginger Liu exhibition at MSA

The Johanneans #4 by Ginger Liu exhibition at MSA

The Johanneans #4 by Ginger Liu

The work consists of The Punctum -125 color photographs produced from scanned copies from the green family photo album and pricked through the center on a paper or invoice spike. The Family Photo Album – a vintage 1960’s photo album bought on eBay. Punctum #4 is a live Shopify e-commerce website displayed on an i-Pad where consumers can purchase individual photographs or memories for $1,000. The audio – Dear Noni and John is read by me and out of sequence, it forms a random element of this work and accompanies the e-commerce website

The Johanneans #4 Monograph

From the opening image of the artist’s family boarding the SS United States Ship from Southampton to their arrival in New York and ultimately Los Angeles. Her father’s memoir, mother’s notes and aunt’s letters form a narrative of a life journey and of a life chance.

If only. If only. Until the final image of a reluctant return to England.

Mixed media photo book

7×7 in, 18×18 cm, 88 pages

Uncoated paper

Oatmeal linen hardcover.

Punctum #4 

Memories for sale with the artist’s customized e-commerce website from Shopify.

Punctum #4 showcases reprints from scanned images of original color prints from the Family Photo Album where shoppers can purchase individual reprints of memories to form their own Family Photo Album.

Memories are precious. Each 5×5 or 5×3 C-Type print retails at $1,000.

Audio: Dear Noni and John 

The artist reads 100 plus letters written from June 1967 to March 1969 by Noni’s older sister Christine in Crosby, NW England. These letters form a narrative of the family’s immigration to the USA from England.

The incredible number of letters sent over a relatively short period of time is echoed in the artist’s gradual exasperation and fatigue from reading incessantly for 2:49:18.

Read out of sequence, they form a random element of this work.

The Punctum

One Paper Spike and multiple photographs reprinted from scans of original prints from the Family Photo Album which pricks, bruises me.

The Family Photo Album

Vintage 1960’s photo presentation album purchased from eBay stands in as a replica to the artist’s Family Photo Album.

The original deemed too precious with its photographs and memories of a journey and a birth.

Too precious to leave the artist’s house. The phony rests open and empty and bereft of memories.

The Johanneans #4:

Audio: Dear Noni and John: The artist reads 100 plus letters/correspondence between sisters Christine and Noni which form a narrative of her family’s immigration to the USA from England. Read out of sequence, they form the random element of this piece.

Punctum #4: iPad: Memories for Sale through professional e-commerce site Shopify. Individual images from the family album sell for $1,000.

The Punctum: Paper Spike and Images from the family photo album which pricks, bruises me.

The Johanneans #4: Monograph Artist Book

The Family Photo Album: Vintage 1960’s album from eBay

Ginger Liu Photography

GLIU PHOTO & Film

Accidental Archives

The Johanneans #4

http://punctum-4.myshopify.com

25 March – 24 April, 2016

MSA at MMU

Oxford Rd, Manchester M15 6BH

Manchester

0758 577 1083

https://accidentalarchives.wordpress.com

The Johanneans #4 by Ginger Liu

Audio: Dear Noni and John:   The artist reads 100 plus letters/correspondence between sisters Christine and Noni which form a narrative of her family’s immigration to the USA from England. Read out of sequence, they form the random element of this piece.

Punctum #4: iPad: Memories for Sale through professional e-commerce site Shopify. Individual images from the family album sell for $1,000.

The Punctum: Paper Spike and Images from the family photo album which pricks, bruises me.

The Johanneans #4: Monograph Artist Book

The Family Photo Album: Vintage 1960’s album from eBay

 

Ginger Liu Photography

GLIU PHOTO & Film

 

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“224 LA” by Ginger Liu Photography

My first LA project is “Extinction.” This is an ongoing photography project covering animals close to extinction. My project will take me across the globe. From tigers to polar bears as well as documenting the people who protect wildlife and environments.

My second photojournalism project in Los Angeles will document the diverse people who speak more than 200 different languages and dialects in this great city. My work will consist of portraiture, documentary, film and text.

So, whatever language, dialect you speak – contact me -this is a long project. Called “224.”

That number will no doubt change.

‎”According to Professor Vyacheslav Ivanov of UCLA, there are at least 224 identified languages in Los Angeles County.

This does not include differing dialects. Professor Ivanov estimates that publications are locally produced in about 180 of
these languages. “

Not Formby Ladies Golf Club – The Village by GLIU

Village-Golf-6-(1)-Ginger Liu

The Village by GLIU

Formby 2010

“Not Formby Ladies Golf Club.”

I was invited to take photographs of Formby Ladies Golf Club grounds. The men’s Formby Golf Club is on the same grounds right next door. I didn’t have permission to point my camera at the patch of grass on the men’s side and was promptly thrown out of the club.

Hollywood Drag

Fever-Blister-Hollywood-141-(1) - Ginger Liu

Parker Hulick – Drag Artist.

DragStar Cabaret.

Hollywood, 2010

Ginger Liu Photography

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