Calling Attention to the Unremarkable
Better Photography|February 2021
Discarded items take centrestage in Jiaxi Yang’s photographs of still life. By relocating them from their original contexts, she aims to call attention to the unexceptional, and at the same time, defamiliarise the ordinary.
Jiaxi Yang

From the time I began photography, I have always been drawn to the idea of exploring different ways of interrupting daily routines, by carrying out everyday activities in ways that are not usually expected of them. This led me to eventually stumble upon the idea for a series that I call The Horizontal Mode of the Waking Life.

My inspiration for this work was an unlikely one. It sprouted from the idea of sleepwalking through daily life, where we do not notice all the traces of desire and absurdity that may surround our routine existence.

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