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Beihua Guo: Manche Funébre

Shanghai, China


Nature has an agenda that neither photography nor human can control and comprehend. However, the photograph enables somekind of documentation on how nature and its surroundings acts, as the photographer Beihua Guo works with. Almost like a frantic feverish dream, the photographic series Marche Funébre by Beihua Guo is a surrealistic showcasing of what natural decay is, and how humans always, somehow, are embedded in it. By encapsulating a ranch used for movie-production, the photographs of Beihua Guo illustrates how the present quickly becomes an historical past, but in the meantime affects the future. Just as a natural conflagration is visible on an overexposed film roll. A dizzy structure found in both the natural and the human-built world.

Sometimes a return to the beginning is necessary to understand why something happened. How can photography encapsulate the remnants of a natural wildfire? In Marche Funébre, while using the blaze from fire to burn his negatives, scanning the burned result, drawing and rubbing on the results with charcoals from the ruins of the ranch, Beihua Guo explores photography as a medium. Almost as a virus that shakes the viewer’s body and being. All-together the photographic series epitomizes the natural wear and tear of life — a story of the wood as a construction material, fuel, and a medium of art. With this obstruction on how to use photography as an artistic medium, Marche Funébre stages the abstract in contrast to the documentary,

Beihua Guo was born in 1998 in Shanghai, China. Currently based in Los Angeles and Shanghai, he received a BA in studio art and environmental analysis from Pitzer College, California. Beihua Guo photographic work explores the fragile relationship between human and nature, as well as the vanishing boundary between the natural and manmade environment we occupy. His work has been exhibited worldwide, including Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Photo Open Up International Photography Festival, among others. Beihua Guo has received recognition by the Three Shadows Photography Award, BarTur Photo Award, among others.

Edited by Nikolaj Ahlefeldt