First edition of Left, Right by Cai Dongdong (2022)
Medium format paperback in new condition
Signed by Cai Dongdong to inside of cover flap
Limited edition of 500 copies
Traditional Chinese binding
Left, Right, as its title suggests, is a book that may be read from left to right or from right to left, giving it a mirrored structure.
Among approximately 600,000 anonymous photographs in his collection, artist Cai Dongdong catalogs them according to the period, the costume and makeup of the subjects, and notes written on the backs of the photos. Then he compares them in the left and right design as he pairs up these women portraits of similar age, facial structure, and posture from two different historical periods, specifically before and after the founding of the People’s Republic of China. On the right-hand page are photographs taken during the Republic of China between 1912 and 1949, while those on the left-hand page are taken between 1949 and 1978, from the founding of the People's Republic of China to the time of reform and opening up.