Jimmy Lee 李展翹 (b.1993) is a University part-time lecturer, doctoral researcher, visual art practitioner and documentary photographer. He was born and grew up in Hong Kong. Lee’s practice comes across documentary and experimental narrative. He started his photographic practice in a Hong Kong-based newspaper as a photographer during his time in higher education, after that he pursued the MFA in the UK. Over the past couple years, Lee has been researching the ideology of the Hong Kong people, colonial history, collective memory, geo-political relations, trauma, and narrative.
“In Search of Nirvana is a photographic field research of contemporary western China. These photographs were made in 12 provincial-level regions in western China from 2013 to 2018. Having spent his childhood in Hong Kong, my idea of China was vague. China was too distant from me, not only physically but significantly also in its ideology […] This project looks into the absurdity of contemporary Chinese society and depicts the daily life in China that is paradoxically existed in two senses – harmonious and manipulated.” – Jimmy Lee, 2021
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