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.
- "Where’s my community?": Skin Deep and POC on the need for diversity in the film industry
- Jee-ook Choi conveys complex ideas using fine linework and muted colours
- Photographer Mehdi Lacoste on working with Actress
- French designer Victoire Coyon’s understated portfolio
- Unit Editions’ upcoming book on the unparalleled work of Paula Scher
- A creative composite of illustration: ten years of Christoph Ruckhäberle’s Lubok
- A new national identity: Smörgåsbord Studio rebrands Wales
- Graphic design gems: Chicago gang business cards from the 1970s and 80s
- Photographer Dougie Wallace captures the super rich spenders of “Harrodsburg”
- “Romance in a sort-of fantasy world”: photographer Molly Matalon's new work (some NSFW)
- Studio Michael Satter’s sophisticatedly simple graphic design portfolio
- Harry Pearce and Pentagram create a new identity for Pink Floyd’s record label