“Intimate Distance”, a collection of work from nine photographers across the Chinese diaspora in the United States opens tonight. Comprised of fifty photographs, the exhibit explores the emotional connection with home through a variety of subjects—portraiture, landscape, and abstractions. The collection is presented by Q Art, a collective made up of Chinese photographers either permanently or temporarily living in the U.S. Q Art describes the unifying characteristic of the work as being of “nomads and voyagers”—a simultaneous awareness of the physical distance from home, and emotional disconnect from where they are now.
“Intimate distance” usually refers to the space that is 18 inches or less from your nose—it’s the space for embracing, touching, or whispering, and usually reserved for close friends and family. Ann Xiang, one of the photographers in the exhibit, writes, “Like many of my contemporaries, I feel displaced every now and then. It’s not just because of the migration across an ocean or continent, but that there always seems to be a thin veil or a small distance between where I am, and the world.”
“Intimate Distance” opens tonight at 64 Marcy Avenue in Brooklyn, NY (646.643.1532, www.qartspace.com) from 7 to 9 p.m. and will be on display through November 17. (photo by Ann Xiang)