PEASANTOGRAPHY: FAMILY PORTRAIT 10, 2014-2018, TAMI XIANG. INTERWOVEN DIGITAL COLOUR PRINT, 90X130CM. COURTESY OF THE ARTIST – TAASA Review September 2019

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Of the 40 featured exhibitions selected from the 400 submissions to this year’s Head On Photo Festival at the Paddington Town Hall in Sydney (4 ­ 19 May), the one by Chinese Australian artist Tami Xiang was a wrenching exposure of the sad plight of the `Left Behind Children’ (LBC) in China today.

The LBC are the 63 million children who have grown up with their grandparents or great-grandparents in the countryside while their parents work in the cities, sometimes thousands of miles away. Moshe Rosenzveig, Founder and Artistic Director of the Festival wrote: `I chose to exhibit Tami’s work for its high quality, originality and the subject matter.

It tells the not-very-known story of the Left Behind Children in a compassionate and different way to the more common and obvious photojournalistic cover...