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Spotlight On: Yuxuan Xue, MA Photography – LCC Postgraduate Shows 2019

Written by Jake May
Published date 01 November 2019

Students from MA Photography will be exhibiting an array of innovative and boundary-pushing projects to prospective employers, industry, the public, and friends and family, as part of LCC Postgraduate Shows 2019.

The course will be showing in LCC Postgraduate Shows 2019: Show 1 alongside students across publishing, arts and lifestyle journalism, advertising and documentary photography, with a Launch Event on 13 November and exhibiting from 14–16 November.

Get an idea of what to expect at LCC Postgraduate Shows 2019 as we shine a spotlight on just a handful of the projects set to go on show from the next generation of leading creatives spanning the always-evolving disciplines of design, media and screen...

Yuxuan Xue

Let Them Eat Cake (何不食肉糜)

Person in a leather mask stands in front a industrial site in this black and white photo
Image © Yuxuan Xue

In Yuxuan Xue's words...

"The theme of the project theme is based on my hometown, Dongying, a fourth-tier city, the largest low-refining city and the second largest oil field in China. That place inspired me a lot.

"In the 1960s, the government discovered a large number of oil resources in Dongying. They recruited workers from all over China to support exploitation and development of oil. Shengli Oilfield(胜利油田) was born.

"After 3 decades, with the gradual depletion of oil resources in this land, the Shengli Oilfield has entered a cold winter. While the natural resources are constantly destroyed, a large number of workers are laid off.

"I was born in the declining period of the oil field. My practice combines hearsay stories, my own experiences, and time-distorted memories to depict the whole outline of the land in my mind in a semi-fictional way.

"This film not only describes the complex relationship between oil and the land, but also reflects the increasingly acute contradiction among the government, resources, environment and citizens. Meanwhile, it deeply expresses the suppressed dreams of the people and the pursuit of truth in a slit that underneath of the image of normalcy."

Follow Yuxuan Xue on Instagram to find out more.


LCC Postgraduate Shows 2019: Show 1 takes place from 14 – 16 November.

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