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Tian Yang (b. 1982) grew up in China and immigrated to the United States in his early twenties. He received a BA in Visual Arts from Panthéon-Sorbonne University in Paris, France, and a BFA concentrating on Photography/Filmmaking from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Yang went on to pursue his MFA in Photography at the Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, the Czech Republic, for his great admiration of Josef Sudek's photographs and the Czechoslovak New Wave cinema.


Inspired by a life experience navigating through various cultures, Yang’s photographic work investigates cultural identity under the increasing influence of globalization. Cultural authenticity, cultural myth, nation building, boundary maintaining, multiculturalism and cosmopolitanism are topics of his particular interest. Yang photographs with a large format camera on 8"x10" color transparency film. He then laboriously builds a light box to hold and present each sheet of film. His light box photographs share a kinship with the historic Daguerreotype photography, since both processes result in one-of-a-kind art objects that are intimate and mesmerizing.

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