CottonCandy BubbleGum is an exhibition of color photographs that documents the use of Chairman Mao Zedong’s monumental portrait at Tiananmen Square as a tourist attraction for both Chinese and foreign tourists. But through the selective use of color, Tiananman is seen washed by a sea of pink and blue garments and accessories. The reality of the space dissolves into a fantasy of CottonCandy and BubbleGum colors that, like the backdrop of the Chairman’s portrait, calmly assures its audience of its innocence, gentleness, compassion, and dignity. There is a pilgrimage in motion, day in and day out, and colors are the only terms of engagement. Politics disappears. Tragedies are forgotten. Not a worry in the world.
Casey Carter is an American photographic artist and interdisciplinary researcher. His works seek to extract, represent, and reconstruct the fictions at work in reality – the solitary, the social, the urban, and the geographic imaginations that create and define our identities at all scales. He simultaneously embraces photography as both physical document and mutable fiction.