“2 of Us”, a photography series by the artist Fan Shisan, showcases the effects of one-child policy on the identity of the young people born after 1980 in China. Shisan juxtaposes young people with their alter egos using the technique of double exposures, highlighting their intense longing for a sibling or siblings. On the other hand, the apparent inability to communicate between the young people and their alter egos in the photos underlines a sense of isolation and loneliness of his subjects.
Originally from Sichuan province, Fan Shisan currently lives and works in Shanghai. He is an up-and-coming photo- and videographer in the local arts scene. His recent works include: “Caochangdi-Arles Photospring,” Caochangdi Beijing, 2010; “Personal Chat,” Cetus Gallery, Shanghai, 2009; “City Photo,” Shanghai, 2008; “Xu Wei, Story, Us,” Caochangdi Beijing, 2008; “Beijing Faces,” Today Art Museum, Beijing, 2008. He has also been commissioned by large companies such as Converse, Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center, Heyan, and Shanghai Weekly.
To view the photo exhibition online, go here.