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Gold 2020 People / Self-Portrait

Seven

  • Photographer
    Wei Ding

According to the classic scripts of Chinese medicine, the 7 emotions —ecstasy, fury, worry, reverie, grief, terror, and shock — are causes of chaos. If left untamed, they can disrupt the heart, intestines, and the Qi of a balanced body. “7” is a self-portrait photography series by Chinese American photographer Wei Ding. The series speaks about the inner chaos and the loss of identity from his life-long experience of displacement as an immigrant. How does it FEEL to blend in everywhere but not belong anywhere? The series unpacks the complexity of answering this core question.