You’re never sure where you stand with Shanghai-based photography duo Birdhead (aka Ji Weiyu and Song Tao). Their visual stream of consciousness style means we are presented with pictures ranging from subtly powerful portraits to mysterious cats padding through leafy otherworlds. Similarly on the one hand theirs is a record of contemporary China devoid of overt socio-political comment, yet on the other their new show at London’s Paradise Row sets their photographs alongside Youth Does Not Know How Sorrow Tastes a 12th Century melancholy poem by Xin Qiji. We think there’s a lot more going on than they’d have us believe.
The show runs from March 8 until April 7.
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