Wednesday, 5 January 2011
The Power of Two: Rong Rong and Inri
Rong Rong and Inri are a husband and wife team. Both of them are photographers from very different backgrounds: Rong Rong became famous for his gritty depictions in the 1990s of life in the East Village of Beijing and Inri gave up her career as a popular portrait photographer for a Japanese newspaper to pursue fine art photography. When they met, neither artist spoke the same language for a couple of years. Despite their language barrier, just 3 months after their wedding they went to Mt. Fuji and created a series of photos that documented a spontaneous performance they did there.
In the series 'Mt. Fuji' and 'We Are Here', the artists shed their clothes in rather hostile environments (on a frozen lake in front of Mt. Fuji and in an abandoned factory). The beauty of their nakedness transforms their chosen habitats into a mythic realm.
'Mt. Fuji' series:
'We are Here' series:
"This was clearly the type of love that makes people do foolish things just because they are no longer alone and finally understood."
Julie Walsh, Director of The Walsh Gallery
Rong Rong & Inri's Mt. Fuji series has been seen in museums all over the world.