Combing for Ice and Jade by Kurt Tong. First edition. First impression in new condition. No markings. This is a new book. Please see pictures. PayPal accepted, any questions please get in touch.
About Combing for Ice and Jade
Combing for Ice and Jade is a love note from Kurt Tong to his nanny, who was one of the last remaining ‘self combed’ women left in China. An early form of Feminism, the comb up ceremony granted women great autonomy at a great cost.
Kurt Tong has worked closely with his nanny over a period of nearly 7 years. Having only 8 photographs of herself, the book is an exploration of her extraordinary life. Her story is slowly revealed through the book, combined with Kurt’s family archive, found photographs from her extended families, new photographs, Chinese ink works and women’s magazines from China that spanned 6 decades.
Kurt Tong himself grew up in Hong Kong, singing the British National Anthem throughout his school years. At the age of 13, he moved to the UK to continue his education, before finally returning to Hong Kong in 2012.
Tong grew up in the UK. So, his work revolves around exploring his Chinese roots and understanding his motherland. His work has been widely exhibited and his monographs include ‘In Case it Rains in Heaven’ (2011) Kehrer Verlag and ‘Combing for Ice and Jade’ (2019) Jiazazhi Press.
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