Look for Awhereness in the latest issue of Incandescent, a color film zine published by Pine Island Press, Portland Oregon. It is now available for purchase online, in these shops, and at the LA Zine Fest in a couple weeks! Don't miss the series on view in the Take Ten exhibition along with the work of nine other women photographers at ICP's Rita K. Hillman Education Gallery in New York City.
Thank you Feature Shoot and Sukruti Anah Staneley for writing this feature! Excerpt from FS:
"For her work Awhereness, Annie Ling, a Taipei-born photographer from New York, spent two months traveling through parts of Romania and Moldova to meet with the survivors of sex trafficking and listen to their stories. Using a medium format camera, Ling tries to eschew sensational images and instead approaches her subjects with a sense of quiet, acting as a listener. Through her project, she focuses on where trafficking happens and how people overcome this chapter in their life. Ling’s work traces the effect of such spaces on these women and how it shapes them."
Awhereness is currently on view as part of Take Ten, a group exhibition at ICP, from January 17 – March 15, 2015.
Friends, it's my pleasure to invite you to the opening tomorrow of two groups shows I'm excited to be part of. I'll be in Ólafsfjörður but will celebrate in spirit in NYC also, with my project Awhereness in the company of strong works by women photographers who are dear friends and colleagues. Don't miss it!
School at ICP, 1114 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York
On View: January 17–March 15, 2015
Opening Reception: January 16 | Friday | 6 pm
Ten photographers, all alumnae of the School at ICP's Full-Time Programs, tackle critical issues facing women and children today, from sex trafficking in Eastern Europe to child beauty contests, racial identity, personal loss, and digital identities.
Listhús í Fjallabyggð Gallery, Ægisgata 625, Ólafsfjörður, Iceland
On View: January 17-25, 2015 | 5-8 pm Every Thursday to Sunday
Opening Reception: 16 January | 8-11 pm
Listhus artists in residence present a multi-disciplinary exhibition of work created during the dark winter, featuring individual reflections on local encounters, mysterious landscapes and indoor living in North Iceland.
Thanks @newyorkerphoto for a fun collaboration on Instagram this past week, and thanks to all of you for the great response and feedback. I had an absolute blast! The adventure isn't over quite yet... I've resumed #SKAMMDEGI posts at @annielingphoto. Check out the work featured today on TNY Photo Booth!
Starting today, for the week of January 5-11, I will be taking over The New Yorker magazine's Instagram feed, posting images from Ólafsfjörður and around, exploring the environs and recording my discoveries during my Skammdegi / dark winter, or short sunlight winter residency at Listhús í Fjallabyggð.
Follow me on @newyorkerphoto and @annielingphoto for the duration of my winter residency in northern Iceland!!
In the meantime, here's a little video I made in Siglufjörður (a slightly larger town 15 minutes north of Ólafsfjörður) on New Year's Eve with new friends ringing the new year!
Tomorrow, I'll be embarking on a wild, new adventure and challenge. As a recipient of the Skammdegi AIR Award (and my first artist residency to date), I can't help but confess that utter thrill mixed with mild fear is setting in as I prepare to leave the sunshine behind for two months of cold, dark isolation in northern Iceland. Brrrrr just thinking about it.
Skammdegi in Icelandic means dark winter or short sunlight winter. December 21 is the shortest day in Iceland. The sunlight is from 11am to 3pm only. Listhús í Fjallabyggð where I'll be based is located in Olafsfjordur, north Iceland, which is surrounded by mountains. That means during December and January, the sun never can rise up higher than the mountains. As a result, the lands are always covered by a mysterious reflective lighting. Amazing, right?
This newly established award will allow me to maximize the possibility of working in dark winter. I've got several ideas I'm pumped to explore and some exciting things lined up. But I'm predicting what's really going to keep me from going mad will be the chance to engage, learn from and collaborate with ten other incredible multidisciplinary artists joining in on the fun, also flying in from afar this winter.
Alright, I gotta get back to packing! Looking forward to posting updates from there, so stay tuned. Things are about to get interesting...
This September, I had the privilege of meeting and working with displaced Syrian women seeking refuge in neighboring Turkey. Their stories and resilience is moving, and being a witness to women supporting women in displaced communities is what I hope to continue doing, as soon as I can find more funding and support to go back and expand the work in other neighboring countries.
In the meantime, here is a first preview of the beginning of this ongoing project, which was made possible thanks to the NYFA Photography Fellowship.
The war in Syria has displaced more than 9 million internally while each day, families and a majority of Syrian women and children join the near 3 million seeking asylum in neighboring countries. Syria, the biggest humanitarian crisis in the world today, now enters its fourth year.
Gender-based violence, one of the world’s most widespread human rights violations and public health issues, escalates among displaced communities. As the Syrian refugee population continues to grow exponentially and resources have begun to diminish, harsh living conditions and circumstances impose a threat to young women who may face increased pressure to enter into early marriages. Women whose often forced reliance on male family members leave them isolated at home and removed from public safe-spaces to socialize. A UNHCR’s Participatory Assessment found “Women spoke openly about how their husbands were physically or emotionally abusive, with many stating that such behavior results from an increased level of tension due to poor living conditions and the current crisis in Syria.”
The recent 5 day FBBW set of images and the stories behind them mark in a nutshell some struggle and growth as a photographer these past five years. It's a pleasure to share again this selection from my archive with you, in case you missed it on Facebook.
Before I dig into these images and what they mean to me, I want to thank the one and only Juliana Beasley for nominating me for this challenge. We are all so busy and while there are much more pressing things in life than posting B&W photos from our past onto a platform like FB, this experience really opened up an opportunity to reconnect with friends that have helped shaped and supported my work... Carving out some time to reflect on the past has been very revealing and I'm better for having accepted the challenge.
I also nominated five terrific colleagues: Nadia Sablin, Katja Heinemann, Katy Haas, Devin Yalkin, and Gabriele Stabile who do some extraordinary work. Enjoy!
Tomorrow at Hester Street Collaborative Annual Benefit Party, three women will be honored for their work in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, NY. Incredibly, I will be standing next to these two remarkable honorees: Damaris Reyes, the Executive Director of Good Old Lower East Side who provides significant leadership on local community-driven land-use issues, and Signe Nielsen, a leading landscape architect and urban designer in New York since 1978.
It's truly humbling to be recognized by an organization like HSC whose mission is to empower residents of underserved communities by providing them with the tools and resources necessary to have a direct impact on shaping their built environment. HSC does this through a hands-on approach that combines design, education, and advocacy.
As it stands, I'm beyond grateful to be working in a field I'm very passionate about. To have had all the opportunities and support thus far from dear friends and colleagues who have fed and fueled me along the way is especially encouraging. I share this honor with them and with my community, who inspire me and give me the courage to continue doing what I love.
Sometime within the next 24 hours, my friend Zoe will be induced and life would never be the same again. Here, I reminisce back to our magical afternoon together last month around her home in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.
Everywhere we went, all eyes were on her. A stranger named Efrain sitting next to us at the local diner came up to her and embraced her with pure tenderness and enthusiasm. Another stranger, waved us over to make pictures in his sexy new car. It all felt like a dream.
So excited to have my work in the official launch of the audiovisual performance THE SMELL OF DUST, taking place at the Gallery KUNSTHALLE in São Paulo, Brazil on April 16th, 2014 at 8pm.
The soundtrack of the projection composed exclusively for TSOD will be executed live by the Brazilian musician BASS N' INSANE. And of course a big shout out to all the talented photographers and musicians involved in the project, not least my friend Sue-Elie Andrade-Dé who is the mastermind behind all of this!
Check out my recent interview with TSOD on my latest series "Anonymous" and this great teaser:
It's hard to believe we're already at the halfway mark of my first major solo exhibition "A Floating Population" since it opened at MOCA this past December. We've received remarkable enthusiasm and support both in the community and beyond for the show, which features around eighty images spanning four years of work in Chinatown. Through public programming, panel discussions and walking tours around the exhibition at the museum, we're able to engage audiences with this body of work in a richer and more dynamic way than ever before. What's especially exciting to me is that all new current exhibits at the museum ("Portraits of New York Chinatown" by Tomie Arai, and "The Lee Family Since 1888" show) are taking a closer look at contemporary Chinatown, making this a distinctly historical season for the museum and the neighborhood.
The show is up till April 13th, so I wholly encourage a visit to MOCA in Chinatown soon! In the meantime, thank you Fast Company Design, Epsilon Magazine (below) and countless visitors for highlighting the show thus far.
This Saturday, January 11th is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day.
The Center for Remembering & Sharing (a community center located in the East Village in NYC that presents healing, arts and cultural programs) in partnership with Think Act Change NYC will be hosting a free evening of film screenings and a panel discussion on what trafficking looks like today domestically and abroad. In conjunction with the event, a selection of images and stories from my project AWHERENESS on human trafficking in Romania and Moldova will be installed in the lobby for the month.
Please take this opportunity and direct your attention to SocialDocumentary.net which highlights work by photographers around the world shedding light on the tragedy of trafficking.
The folks at The Quarterly (A new UK photo publication which I had the pleasure of working with this year) just announced that the digital edition of Issue 2: Life and Culture (128 pages of exclusive, fresh content by 20+ artists) will be free for downloading until the new year kicks in!
The Quarterly was mentioned in the December issue of the formidable BJP - The British Journal of Photography's feature on stand out publications with a photographic bent in their annual issue of everything cool & noteworthy.
Inside, you'll find a new set of images I produced this fall titled Anonymous. A departure from my usual way of working, this series of cyanotypes created in collaboration with gun-owners at a gun club in Pennsylvania meditates on guns as loaded symbols of freedom, defense, control, and power.
Tonight is the opening of my solo exhibition: A Floating Population at the Museum of Chinese in America. At long last, we are thrilled to present over 80 photographs of this community seen beyond the streets, in the main gallery located in the heart of Chinatown!
Opening Reception: Friday, December 13th, 6pm-8pm
Exhibition Dates: December 13th-April 13th
215 Centre Street, New York, NY
RSVP on Facebook event page
It is truly an honor and privilege to showcase this work within the community after all these years. This comprehensive show of Manhattan Chinatown consist of four series: “Tenements”, “81 Bowery”, “Shut-Ins”, and “The Floating Population”. Media outlets such as The New York Times, The Village Voice, Time Out NY, Sino Vision, China Daily USA, NY Art Beat, among others, have picked up on it and the reviews are coming in strong.
I’m grateful for the support of so many who have contributed so much over the years to make this work possible. Subjects, friends, colleagues, editors, writers, curators and everyone who has passed on a word of encouragement… thank you for putting up with me. Here’s to you!
Last Friday, an epic launch party of issue two of The Quarterly Magazine took place at the Box Studio in London, UK. I'm thrilled to be a contributor in the latest issue themed: Life and Culture and share some new imagery and reflections on gun culture in a series titled Anonymous, alongside incredible works by a diverse group of photographers and writers.
The Quarterly is a creative journal championing creative talent and ethical publishing practices. ''Our goal at The Quarterly has always been to do things ethically and fairly. We don't use adverts and we share all profits between our contributors. We think that's something worth shouting about and we want to spread the word as much as possible.'' Each issue of the “ethical social enterprise” publication is given a theme and writers and photographers from around the world are invited to suggest ideas for articles. - Sanj Sahota, Editor and founder of The Quarterly
Issue Two: Life and Culture looks at guns, tattoos, sex, communes, analogue photography, free-spirited adventure, old age, Los Angeles, immigration, street art, barbers and more.
So what are you waiting for? Order a beautiful print copy now or download the full digital version (coming soon) on your tablet. You'll be treated to a visual feast whilst supporting hungry artists and bold entrepreneurs!
The sign is pretty straightforward. The policies with keeping service dogs, however, for tenants claiming disability are not so simple. "A Tussle Over Service Dogs" with an accompanying NYT article digs a little deeper into the issue and gave me the opportunity to meet some exceptional canines and their advocates. Below are some outtakes from the shoot.
Sometimes, one cannot afford *not* to take in a change of scenery. After a brief hiatus driving, hiking and camping on the west coast, I am back in the city with renewed energy and purpose.
Please join us this Saturday evening, June 8th at Union Docs in Williamsburg where I will present a slideshow of my photographs and director Lynn Sachs will screen her film Your Day is My Night. Afterwards, photojournalist Alan Chin will host a Q&A. Beer and wine will be served.
Shifting Lives: Photographing the Immigrant Experience in Chinatown
Director Lynne Sachs & Photographer Annie Ling
UNION DOCS, 322 Union Avenue, Brooklyn, New York
Saturday, June 8 7:30 p.m. $9 suggested
Stuart Klawans wrote this review in "The Nation" for the MoMA premiere of Sach's film:
“Your Day is My Night is a strikingly handsome, meditative work: a mixture of reportage, dreams, memories and playacting which immerses you in an entire world that you might unknowingly pass on the corner of Hester Street, unable to guess what’s behind the fifth-floor windows."
Should be a great event and crowd. Hope to see you there!