Chobi Mela VI Update

© Lawrence Dizon Sumulong

Got an email today from Chobi Mela VI and immediately browsed the list of selected artist for print exhibition and digital presentation. Am glad to see a photographer from the Philippines made it. Below is Lawrence Dizon Sumulong's ongoing project which made it to ChobiMela VI.

“The Vocative” is an ongoing project interpreting the current and evolving state of New York City's Chinatown in the Lower East Side. My photographs puzzle over the idea of gentrification as a compressive and catalytic force on the residents, businesses, and landscape of Chinatown.

While this series functions as a type of ode and elegy to the living community, I envision the completed project to follow the poetic and antithetical logic of the duilian, the Chinese couplet, by presenting a sequence of diptychs.

Through the diptych's collapsing of time and space, I find a strange and contemporary sense of emotional realism.

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