Aquarium is a non-linear narration weaved by photographs and five short written works.
I try to reconstruct my inner journey from trips I’ve made between my home country China and San Francisco during these two years in a truthful way, but the overloaded feelings of estrangement and desolation created by the journey have transformed my memories into illusions of confinement. Due to this confinement, my journey story became a space-time, which resembles an aquarium. In this aquarium, cityscapes are fish tank decorations, people are fish, and writings are tank labels.
Aquarium is a non-linear narration. I try to reconstruct my inner journey from trips I’ve made between my China and San Francisco in a truthful way, but the overloaded feelings of estrangement created by the journey have transformed my memories into illusions of confinement. Due to this confinement, my journey story became a space-time resembles an aquarium. The narration of journey moves from real to imagined spaces, exploring the boundaries between autobiography and fiction.
Wenxin Zhang is a 24-year-old photographer and writer now lives in San Francisco, California. She was born and raised in a middle-sized Chinese city, after studying management and landscape architecture in China, she came to San Francisco to study photography. Wenxin received her MFA degree at California College of the Arts. Her work weaves photographs to create non-linear narrations.
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