Happy Chinese New Year!

It is the year of the rooster, bringing along bravery and its share of responsability to take.

12 years ago, when I went to live in China, it was also the year of the rooster. I remember the celebrations everywhere in Beijing, the crowd, the smell of food in the freezing cold and the incessant noise of the firecrackers. It went on for days and I couldn't get to sleep as it was so loud at night. 

There was something graceful and dramatic about this intense celebrating before it all fell silent. 

Here is a photography by artist Jiang Pengyi, Grace No. 13. I discovered his work at ShanghART gallery,  last October. 

Wishing you all a fantastic rooster lunar year! 

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Born in France, Sofie Dieu’s first encounter with art was through church. With a penchant for ritual and spirituality, the artist is best known for her fragile, sombre, and sometimes violent ink paintings and textile works.


Poetic and humanist, her practice draws on her journeys to China and Australia. She explores how identity and memory fluctuate according to their immediate environment. Landscapes, people, secrecy, healing, and the dichotomy between light and darkness are some of her recurring themes.


Multi-art prizes and award finalist, her work was included in the Sydney North Art Prize, Waterhouse Natural Science prize and the Contemporary Art Award amongst others. In 2016, she worked on the Camperdown Cemetery installation for Sydney Biennale. In 2017, her work will be shown during Vivid and Mental Health Month in Sydney.