The Bliss of Conformity, 2015-2017
For her project The Bliss of Conformity, Yingguang Guo went to a corner of People’s Park in Shanghai. There one can find all the mothers who come to put their single children up for sale. With the help of small posters like the ones used to advertise an apartment or a car for sale, they tout the merits of their offspring: age, height, salary, education, etc. In this video work, which begins by immersing us in the peaceful atmosphere of a park, Guo examines arranged marriages and the place of women in society, and raises questions about social belonging and discrimination.
Yingguang Guo (CN) was born in Liaoning, China in 1983. She graduated from Communication University of China for undergraduate degree and then began her career as a photographer with Reuters, China Daily, and other media groups. She received an MA from London College of Communication in 2016 and signed with Brownie Art Photo. In 2017, she was awarded the Madame Figaro Women Photographers Award.