Photographs by Liang Yue

'I yearn to see a shaft of light puncture this suffocating haze - as if such a perforation would be a secret passageway leading to the time outside. No matter what time it is outside, inside it appears to be a perpetual moment of a peaceful, dusky twilight.' Liang Yue

Liang Yue, born in Shanghai in 1979, is a photographer whose work deals obliquely with the pace of change in contemporary China.

She made the Morse Code series in Beijing during China's recent, and ongoing, economic boom. Part of a larger body of work called Several Dusks, the photographs were taken during the sand storms that blow in from the desert. Along with the atmospheric pollution of the city, the sand creates a grey-yellow monochrome that evens out perception and plays with the awareness of time.

This artificial dusk suggests an imaginary, internalised twilight as a personal response to a rapidly changing environment. So doing, it sets the scene for the artist's lonely exploration of the deserted city. In an environment of headlong economic growth and urban redevelopment, the series evokes the stillness and quietness of a twilight daydream.

Written to accompany the exhibition Twilight.

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Event - A History of Photography

Sat 18 January 2014–Sat 17 January 2015

DISPLAY: The Photographs Gallery draws upon the V&A’s internationally renowned collection and chronicles the history of photography from the 1840s up to the present day.

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