When planning for this exhibition, Come Together (opening tomorrow at FotoWeekDC), co-curator Amanda Gorence and I knew it would be showing at a time when the nation would be divided: half of us breathing a sigh of relief in reaction to the election results, with the other half wanting to leave the country. [Click on images to bring them up at a larger size.]
The Qingming Festival, also known as Tomb Sweeping Day, is a Chinese festival in which families visit the gravesites of their ancestors to pay their respects. Inspired by the long-standing tradition that was just celebrated on April 5th, Shanghai-based photographer Francois Trezin crafted this gorgeous gravesite installation complete with a bountiful mix of sacrificial offerings of paper money and the departed’s favorite foods and wine. On this day, people are also known to fly kites and carry willow branches, as the day coincides with the onset of Spring.