Curated by Shen Yi, “Double Shadows” presents photographs by Bei Dao, one of China’s most important contemporary poets. Bei Dao began creating photography and poetry around the same time; photography became another way for him to observe the world. After a serious illness nearly ended his writing career several years ago, Bei Dao turned to photography as another expressive medium. Shen Yi notes, “Photography became a new body that Bei Dao could imbue with language. With a poet’s instinct and astonishing will, Bei Dao attempts to free himself from language suspended between life and death.”
Bei Dao, Arrival. Courtesy of the artist.