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Yuge Zhou Continues Her Love Letters Series for Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Photography

An exploration of identity, connection and longing.

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Yuge Zhou Continues Her Love Letters Series for Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Photography

An exploration of identity, connection and longing.

Chinese-born, Chicago-based artist Yuge Zhou is expanding her acclaimed series, “Love Letters,” with new video art installations at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Photography. Originally featured at Art on the Mart, the two new episodes are titled “Summer” and “Winter.”

Zhou’s Love Letters, part of the Museum of Contemporary Photography’s exhibition “LOVE: Still Not the Lesser,” portrays a courtship dance between two people in a labyrinthine metropolis, overcoming obstacles to convey their affection. Inspired by pandemic-induced isolation, the summer episode showcases two dancers on the banks of the Chicago River, sending messages through gestures against the city’s industrial backdrop. The winter episode depicts a playful chase on a multi-axis pier during a snowstorm, emphasizing the Chinese concept of “Yuan 缘,” representing an uncertain future.

Zhou’s combination of observational vantage points, collage and choreography explores themes of identity, connection and longing. “LOVE: Still Not the Lesser” will be on view at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago from August 17 to December 22.

In case you missed it, Magda Kirk’s “Closer” coats beheaded bodies in cotton candy.

Museum of Contemporary Photography
600 S Michigan Ave,
Chicago, IL 60605,
United States

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