For her 2005 project, “21st Century Types,” British photographer Grace Lau constructed a 19th century Shanghai portrait studio in Hastings, South East England, and invited the public to be photographed, resulting in an archive of 400 portraits. The props included an exotic painted backdrop, antique Chinese furniture sourced from local junk shops, and a panda rug acting as a stand-in for the tiger and bear skin rugs popular with Victorian colonialists.
"Through this project I am making an oblique comment on Imperialist visions of the ‘exotic’ Chinese and by reversing roles, I have become the Imperialist photographer documenting my exotic subjects in the ‘Port’ of Hastings. The question of cultural representations in the archive is highlighted through my constructed tableaux and conflation of history. I have additionally created a unique archive of 400 subjects in a British seaside town during the summer of 2005.”
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