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Tribeca/Chinatown NYC pop-up show: "Between Here and Home"

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Over the years, my work with immigrant communities and refugees dove into the nuances of home and identity in flux. Unsurprisingly perhaps, these themes have long marked my own journey of displacement and loss. When the opportunity came to participate in a pop-up group exhibition aptly named "Between Here and Home",  I decided it was time to unveil new work that resulted from recent attempts to dig deeper into my personal experience. And so, I'm pleased to present never before seen images from my recent travels along the Silk Road in China, along with an installation of diaristic 16mm and Super 8mm films from NYC. Please stop by, otherwise I hope we'll get a chance to connect another way in person.

From the series:  Double Take . 2016. Chromogenic prints. ©Annie Ling

From the series: Double Take. 2016. Chromogenic prints. ©Annie Ling

Between Here and Home | curated by Alan Chin
December 12, 2017 - January 7, 2018
384 Broadway, New York, NY

Opening Reception: Friday, December 15, 6 - 9pm

Exhibition Open Hours: 
Tuesday - Wednesday, 10am - 4pm
Thursday - Friday, 10am - 7pm
Saturday - Sunday, 2 - 7pm
Closed for Christmas, New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day.

What does it mean to be Chinese in the contemporary moment of technological transformation as well as dangerous nationalist imagery? In Between Here and Home, seven photographers — one Chinese, three American-born-Chinese, one who emigrated to Queens from China as a young child, a Taiwanese Canadian, and a Filipina who has worked in Hong Kong — share their perspectives on various aspects of Chinese life and culture, both in China and in the diaspora, including New York City’s Chinatowns. They document traditional communities facing tremendous change, personal journeys of discovery, and political conflict. 

An afternoon with Zoe

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Sometime within the next 24 hours, my friend Zoe will be induced and life would never be the same again. Here, I reminisce back to our magical afternoon together last month around her home in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

Everywhere we went, all eyes were on her. A stranger named Efrain sitting next to us at the local diner came up to her and embraced her with pure tenderness and enthusiasm. Another stranger, waved us over to make pictures in his sexy new car. It all felt like a dream.

"A Floating Population" in Fast Co. Design & Epsilon Magazine

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It's hard to believe we're already at the halfway mark of my first major solo exhibition "A Floating Population" since it opened at MOCA this past December. We've received remarkable enthusiasm and support both in the community and beyond for the show, which features around eighty images spanning four years of work in Chinatown. Through public programming, panel discussions and walking tours around the exhibition at the museum, we're able to engage audiences with this body of work in a richer and more dynamic way than ever before. What's especially exciting to me is that all new current exhibits at the museum ("Portraits of New York Chinatown" by Tomie Arai, and "The Lee Family Since 1888" show) are taking a closer look at contemporary Chinatown, making this a distinctly historical season for the museum and the neighborhood.

The show is up till April 13th, so I wholly encourage a visit to MOCA in Chinatown soon! In the meantime, thank you Fast Company Design, Epsilon Magazine (below) and countless visitors for highlighting the show thus far.

Awhereness at CRS for Human Trafficking Awareness Day

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This Saturday, January 11th is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day.

The Center for Remembering & Sharing (a community center located in the East Village in NYC that presents healing, arts and cultural programs) in partnership with Think Act Change NYC will be hosting a free evening of film screenings and a panel discussion on what trafficking looks like today domestically and abroad. In conjunction with the event, a selection of images and stories from my project AWHERENESS on human trafficking in Romania and Moldova will be installed in the lobby for the month.

Please take this opportunity and direct your attention to SocialDocumentary.net which highlights work by photographers around the world shedding light on the tragedy of trafficking.

Photographing the Immigrant Experience in Chinatown

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Please join us this Saturday evening, June 8th at Union Docs in Williamsburg where I will present a slideshow of my photographs and director Lynn Sachs will screen her film Your Day is My Night. Afterwards, photojournalist Alan Chin will host a Q&A. Beer and wine will be served.  

Shifting Lives: Photographing the Immigrant Experience in Chinatown
Director Lynne Sachs & Photographer Annie Ling
UNION DOCS,  322 Union Avenue, Brooklyn, New York
Saturday, June 8 7:30 p.m.  $9 suggested
 www.uniondocs.org

Stuart Klawans wrote this review in "The Nation" for the MoMA premiere of Sach's film:
Your Day is My Night is a strikingly handsome, meditative work: a mixture of reportage, dreams, memories and playacting which immerses you in an entire world that you might unknowingly pass on the corner of Hester Street, unable to guess what’s behind the fifth-floor windows."   

Should be a great event and crowd. Hope to see you there! 

Music is my escape

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Over the past couple of years I've had the pleasure of spending some quality time with incredibly talented artists and friends for whom music flows in their veins. Images below have appeared in The FADER Magazine, or have graced the covers of albums and EP releases in recent years. Tonight, a select number of these prints will be on display at a friend's house show in Harlem.

Here's a preview from shoots with the formidable hip-hop artist and entrepreneur El-P; the thoughtful man at the piano Ryan Redebaugh; the producer, visual artist, and wizard Slava; and wicked-with-words singer-songwriter Rachel Zylstra.


Destruction of Breezy Point. Two months ago.

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In the aftermath of Sandy, I found myself in the submerged gated community of Breezy Point, Queens. Bridges to the Rockaways were reopened Tuesday evening just before dark so rescue aid workers could be shuttled in and out. Silhouettes meandering in a twilight canopy, I was one of few figures cutting through the silence, wading past firetrucks and empty houses cloaked in the hazy red glow of flashing sirens.

The next morning was a different scene as journalists and photographers flooded the area. The light of day exposed the extent of destruction for residents returning to assess varying levels of damage and property loss. An elderly woman sat for an hour on what was formerly her front yard, her chair facing the ashes of the house built over sixty years ago by her husband and son. Her children and grandchildren picked through the charred remains of her home one in a block of one-hundred-and-eleven destroyed by a furious fire after a major evacuation few days leading up to the storm.

I jumped on the back of a truck ferrying locals along the coast of the peninsula. Between two shrubs, I caught a glimpse of a red-haired woman who later introduced herself as Grace. She was poised majestically in a fur coat, planted in a chair on her front porch with a bottle of yellow Gatorade in one hand and a cane in the other. The blank stare in her eyes told me she was in shock. The night before when the hurricane hit, she was alone in her house without power while water rose up to her waist. "I just prayed, and prayed and prayed all night" said Grace, while she slept huddled on a portable hospital bed with her material possessions swimming around her.

Here's a first glimpse of these humbling encounters in Breezy Point, one of many communities still recovering from the aftermath of Sandy.  Below are select images for publication from a photo essay proposal to a magazine's December issue.

Four years ago today...

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11/04/08. Harlem, New York, NY. Cheering masses crowd the streets and 
block traffic to celebrate with Obama supporters driving through Harlem 
just hours after Barack Obama made history by winning the election to 
become the first black President of the United States.

11/04/08. Harlem, New York, NY. Cheering masses crowd the streets and block traffic to celebrate with Obama supporters driving through Harlem just hours after Barack Obama made history by winning the election to become the first black President of the United States.