Wang Lu

王 露

Wang Lu


Throughout history, Japan and China have been closely intertwined in countless ways, and since Chinaʼs study abroad boom in the late 1990s, more than 700,000 Chinese have moved to Japan to date. Going on the five year since my arrival in Japan, I have become aware that my thought process has been increasingly influenced by Japanese norms. The same could be said of another long-term Chinese residents in Japan, which then indicates the influence the Chinese have had on Japan. Based on this premise, I organized a project in which I use a large format camera to explore the lifestyles of the Chinese residents via their homes. It concerns the topics of how culture moves through time and space and how it has manifested itself in the present; and how place affects personal identity, including autobiographical memory and self-identity, local attachment and local dependency, and the relationship between migration and cultural identity.

Wang Lu was born in 1989 in Shanxi, China. She graduated from Musashino Art University, Faculty of Art and Design, Department of Imaging Arts, and is currently enrolled in the Master's program in Advanced Art Expression of the Graduate School of Fine Arts, University of the Arts, in Tokyo. Visualizing moments that usually pass unnoticed, memories, and daily life, she creates stories and fictional narratives using photographic media, exhibiting at galleries and museums in Japan and around the world. Her awards include Portrait of Japan (2021), LensCulture Critics' Choice 2020, Reminders Photography Stronghold “COVID-19 Pandemic” Open Call Exhibition Grand Prize (2020), and Canon New Cosmos of Photography Honorable Mention (2019). Major exhibitions include “Frozen are the Winds of Time” (Fugensha, Tokyo, 2021) and “Now here, Now there” (Reminders Photography Stronghold, Tokyo, 2020). "Now here, Now there," was published by RPS in 2020.