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Jialin Yan: Subtropical White Night

Born in 1992, Fuzhou, China.


It seems further and further away since we were too lost in the moment to care what time it was. Subtropical White Night (2020) refers to long summer nights at the high latitudes outside the Arctic circles. Under those circumstances it never gets completely dark. The sun can only reach a small angle below the horizon which creates a white scattering night-sky. Through the series, Yan captures these mundane but beautiful details that we miss due to our busy life. The images show a spontaneous and quick feeling, just like every corner torn from a summer diary. Jialin Yan showcases that belonging to a group of people can be bigger than ourselves which make life easier. 

Jialin Yan is part of the photographic community, Girlgaze, and a co-founder of the Miroir Project, which promotes female photography by discovering and encouraging young female photographers in China. Jialin Yan endeavours to liberate Chinese youth from traditional pigeonhole stereotypes and supports an ever-evolving globalized Chinese society. Her saturated, energetic snapshots of friends and family in private settings illustrate an eagerness to connect, remember, and justify emo- tions within our closest relationships. Jialin Yan’s work has been recognized in many ways, as she was nominated for the BOBO SNAP Young Artist Program in 2020 and has exhibited at several galleries, such as Ephemeral Gallery in New York and Banshan Gallery in Ibaraki, among others.

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Edited by Nikolaj Ahlefeldt Andersen