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