This exhibition looks beautiful. Beloved Polaroids of goldfish, installed in a gallery along with an aquarium replete with live goldfish. I love the inspiration too. Read on...
These photographs are taken from Hong Kong artist Caroline Chiu's larger series entitled Dreaming: A Chinese Wunderkammer. Wunderkammer were 17th-and 18th-century European "wonder rooms" or "cabinets of curiosity"-some of the earliest known "museums"-which contained specimens reflecting the natural world, anthropology, archaeology, relics, and art. The late Qing emperor Qianlong, known for his passion for the arts, also pursued this type of collecting.
In Chiu's case, she collects, by photography, objects representing the material culture of traditional China: bonsai, scholar's rocks, flowers, artworks depicting the animal zodiac, and here, goldfish.
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