Lives and works at Hangzhou and London
http://jiatu-gu.tumblr.com/ firstname.lastname@example.org Education 2016 MA Photography with Distinction, London College of Communication, UAL, London 2015 BE Industrial Design, China Jiliang University, Zhejiang, China Exhibitions 2017 (Up-coming)Best of British, Spirit of Youth, Shanghai, CHN 2017 Vacant. In Use, Deptford X Fringe Festival, UK 2017 Follow_Me, Photobook Showcase, OCAT Shanghai, CHN 2017 Art book in China, Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum, CHN 2017 Voies Off Festival, Evening Screenings, Cour de l’Archevêché, Arles, FR 2017 Expanded Habitat, ColorBox Space, Hangzhou, CHN 2017 Offprint London with LCC, Tate Modern, UK 2017 PhotoBook Fair, JZZP, Photobook Library, Ningbo, CHN 2017 Cultural Traffic, The New Print Publishing Arts Fair, UK 2017 Threefold, BUILTIFOU, Hangzhou, CHN 2016 Threefold, Ugly Duck, London, UK 2016 Duesseldorf Photo Weekend, Screenings at NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, GER 2016 Interim Show, London College of Communication, London, UK Awards 2017 Finalist, Voies Off Award, FR 2017 Nominee, MACK First Book Award, UK 2017 Finalist, Images Vevey Book Award, CH 2016 Winner, ARTE Creative Award at Düsseldorf Photo Weekend, Portfolio Review, GER 2014 Silver Award Winner for Deeper Perspective and Abstract in the International Photography Awards China (IPA China), CHN
Jiatu Gu’s work investigates in the complex and paradoxical relations among aesthetics, capital and identity. His process begins with personal experience, then carefully builds euphemistic and metaphoric forms to reveal broad questions about the suppressed. My recent work Recurrent Trial is an introspection of engaging in smartphone dating applications. It depicts the dystopian scene of the derivative phenomena of self-objectification. I use gold acrylic paint to reflect and mimic my gestures towards the profile images, trying to create a consciousness for the act by rendering its presence visible, emphasizing the interactive gestures, intended to explore how desire is coded in the capitalistic context, also its ambiguous and controversial relation with power. With the repeating gestures, the act seems to become a recurrent and presupposed trial, indicating a way of how people are engaged in the operation of power, which I believe is not distributed vertically, rather it is constructed by our inherited and prevailing daily practices. As it should be recognized that every action is based on a single image. The project reminds viewers that everyone can be the conspirator in the situation. And it is the situation that we are living in, where images are heavily altering our perceptions. It should be alerted that they are becoming much more than merely representations, rather entities, pretending to compensate complex human experiences.