These Four Walls


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Photography: Maxine van Endert (@maxinevanendert)

Styling: Moritz Lindert (@moritzlindert)

Hair & Make-up: Nicola Kurdziel (@nicolakurdziel)

Model: Jada Joyce (@jada_joyce)

Homecoming / 回家的路

Going home might sounds easy, but is incredibly difficult for some people. For people who lives in a big city like London, home is not just a small corner in this massive metropolis. “What is home and where is it?” is what many foreigners constantly ask themselves when they are alone in the dead of night. For them, the definition of home is so simple, yet so unreachable.


Inspired by this complex feeling, Homecoming is the first solo photography exhibition of Chinese lens-based artist Greg Lin JiaJie. Noted for his intimate approach to photography, Greg’s work displays a strong sense of narrative throughout. He extracted the essence of his long-term Project Fujian and curated this exhibition. The exhibition will be held at Studio 59 Gallery in East London from Friday, February 4th to Sunday, February 6th, 2023.

Hailing from a small village in Longyan, Fujian, Greg Lin JiaJie left his hometown alone 11 years ago to study abroad. He likes to record the fragments of life through photography. Every time he returned to his hometown, he found out that people, things and scenery from his childhood memories were changing bits by bits. Under the policy of rural industrialization and the rapid development, much of the open land in his hometown has been replaced by factories. These factories created a polluted environment, which led to more land being abandoned. Villagers moved away from the village in pursuit of a more convenient modern life, and the familiar environment is gradually disappearing. He compared his hometown today to those photos of his hometown that he has taken in the past and asked, what caused such a big change in our lives?


The exhibition contains five walls of printed photography, displaying five aspects about “Homecoming”. On the first wall, Greg uses the largest print to showcase the traditional culture, customs and traces of past in his hometown, so as to express the beautiful memories of the good old days. At the same time, it projects his care for humanities, traditions and local culture.


On the second wall are three smaller frames of printed photographs juxtaposed to resemble a triptych. Titled “A Witness Tree”, the work is actually sequential pictures that Greg took while he slowly passed by the tree in a car. Unlike other of his works which he has to adjust the angle, the light and other elements, the spontaneity and originality of these pictures made him decide to keep them. From a distance, the protagonist of the work seems to be the old tree, but when the viewers look closely, they will find that the main story that Greg wants to tell is actually in the background. Behind the tree, some buildings are under construction, and it won’t be too long before the scenery will be completely different. Through the photos, he invites the viewers to imagine the future of this tree and this landscape, as well as the changes brought about by economic development and industrialization.

The Way Home © Greg Lin JiaJie

A Witness Tree © Greg Lin JiaJie

My Ancestral Home, 2 © Greg Lin JiaJie

Starting from the third wall, the size of the photos on the wall began to get smaller. Plastered with photos of Greg’s hometown, these are the earliest works in his entire project Fujian. The purpose of the work is to simply document the landscape and the environment of his hometown from an aesthetic point of view. Greg hopes to keep these most pristine and straight-forward images in the exhibition as a symbol of his nostalgia and love for his hometown.


The theme on the last two walls gradually shifts from environment to humanities. On the fourth wall, Greg documents the living conditions of his old countryside home. The house is where he and his twin brother grew up, and the field is the property that once supported the household. After the new policy of rural industrialization was drawn, the industrialization of agriculture and the conversion of land into factories resulted in environmental pollution and economic impacts. These factors led villagers to leave the village to make a living in big cities. The roads that have been treaded, the land that has been planted, and the tools that have been used were abandoned and left unattended, and even became worthless in the eyes of others. Greg composed a swan song through images for his old house. The land that was once productive is now barren, and the house that was once full of people is now uninhabited.

The last wall is full of stories about “people”. The protagonists in the images are Greg’s grandfather, twin brother, cousin who still lives in the village, and the neighbor’s kids. This is Greg’s memory of his childhood and his hometown; it recorded the transition that has happened in these places. People and their life are the stories on this wall, narrating his hometown’s past, present and future.


For hundred years, Fujian Province has a culture of “oceangoing migration to the South Sea”. Due to its mountainous, landless and seaward topography, many people in Fujian emigrated overseas and became the mainstream Chinese communities in Southeast Asia, some cities in North America and South America nowadays. Choosing to hold his first exhibition in London, Greg wants to find correlation between his emigratory hometown culture to this multi-ethnic and culturally diverse immigratory metropolis. Having settled in East London for more than eight years, he savvies the Londoners’ feelings of home, especially for those who were born in another country. Through the exhibition, he wants to arouses the viewers’ feeling of wanting to go home. Even though for those foreigners who lives in London, the scenery, the people and the culture in the photos may be unfamiliar to them, but the feeling of missing home is relatable. Greg transformed his nostalgia for his hometown into images, and found a way home for those who visit the exhibition. With an unfamiliar culture and environment, Greg invites them to feel the warmth and emotion brought by the concept “home”.

The Pink Mirror © Greg Lin JiaJie

Longyan Boy © Greg Lin JiaJie

Yuhan At Home © Greg Lin JiaJie

Homecoming is Chinese lens-based artist Greg Lin JiaJie’s first solo exhibition. It will be held at Studio 59 Gallery in East London from Friday, February 4th to Sunday, February 6th, 2023.

Text: Yves Tsou

Falling Into Myself

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Photography: Jorre Janssens (@janssensjorre)

Styling: Leendert Sonnevelt (@leendertcs)

Hair & Make-up: Anna Kleimenova (@annak.makeupartist) 

Talents: Katarina Nesic @VEIN (, Iman Najafi (@iimannajafi) @Parker Management (@parker.mgmt)

Special thanks to ABCNDSTORE & Flint Studio (@flintstudioamsterdam)

A Boy And His Dreams

Photographer: Erion Hegel Kross (@erionhegelkross)

Photo Assistant: Carlos Mimet (@carlosmimet)

Model/Dreamer: Pepe Homdedeu (@pepehomdedeu)


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Photography: Lotte Thor (@lotte.thor)

Styling: Chiara Bottin (@chiara_bottin

Hair & Make-up: Katja Maassen (@katjamaassen)

Photo Assistant: Gloria Stefl (@gloriaastefl)

Model: Tasha Malek (@tasha_malek) @M4 models (@m4models)

No Safe Place



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Photography, Styling & Artwork: Angelica Erta (@angelika.erta)

Hair & Make-up: Marina Lytvynenko (@muahmarynalytvynenko)

Model: Katherine Bezvulyak (@bezvulyak_k)

L'Amour à la Plage


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(left) top & shorts LIBERAL YOUTH MINISTRY, socks COMME DES GARÇONS, shoes CONVERSE, necklace RIGIDO  (right) swimwear MARTIAL

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Photographer: Alan Marty (@iamalanmarty)

Stylist: Benoit Paquet (@neoclassicalboy)

Casting Director: Conan Laurendot (@conancasting)

Make-up Artist: Toma Marandeau (@toma.marandeau)

Model: Adel Bouteldja (@adel_bouteldja) @Rock Men Paris (@rockmenparis)

Yesterday's Gone

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Photography: Mo Ciftci (@lifeofmooo)

Art Direction: Chris Lange (@chrislng)

Styling: Lena Schaeffken (@lenaschaeffken)

Grooming: Line Frank (@linefrnk)

Model: Anna Luise (@anna_lvise)

Last Days of Summer

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Photography & Styling: Torian Lewin (@torianlewin)

Hair: Manuel Rolon (@mannymakeshair)

Styling Assistant: Edlyn Castro (@eedz_c)

Models: Arjun Durbhakula, Chris Colvin (@st.chriiis)

ModaPortugal 2022 - A Spectacular Fashion Showdown

Porto, mid-December. Winter in North Portugal is chilly. With the continuous drizzle and the wind blowing along the valley, a damp smell envelops the slippery city. But this did not dampen the enthusiasm and excitement of those young fashion talents who have just arrived. Hailing from six European countries, eighteen aspiring fashion designers were welcomed by ModaPortugal for the annual event. Over the course of their four-days sojourn, the designers visited six of the top manufacturers from Portuguese’s thriving textile industry, had an in-depth experience with Portuguese cuisine and wine; and most importantly, participated in a fashion showdown for the best collection of the year.


These young designers, representing eight fashion institutes all over Europe, came to Porto with their fresh and unique vision. A jury of seven fashion experts from different disciplines convened in a beautifully decorated chamber in Pálacio da Bolsa (Stock Exchange Palace), the city’s Neoclassical architectural gem and the UNESCO World Heritage Site, to evaluate the young designers’ collection from concept to outcome. After an intensive day of evaluate, they selected a best collection from each of the six countries, and a best collection across all.

Creative director Miguel Flor’s installation “LIFE CYCLES” took place in Salão Árabe, Pálacio da Bolsa

Designer Taneli Ukara from Aalto University is the winner of Best Collection Award Finland. Ukura approached the collection as a puzzle and developed an alternative pattern-making methodology under the principle of zero-waste pattern cutting. This new method allows the clothing to structure into a more universal, pre-defined and multifunctional elements which could be purposed in garment in various different manners.


The title of Best Collection Award France was given to Zoé Gerolymous from Institut Français de la Mode. In her collection “RANDONNÉE”, Gerolymous wanted to return to the original purpose of clothes, which is to cover oneself, and focused on the practicality and utility of the garment.


Experimental laboratory Agapornis snatched the Best Collection Award Switzerland. Founded by designers Zoé Marmier and Louise Jarrige, the duo collaborated on their collection “SELF LOVE LETTER” during their masters at HEAD Genève. Their cute and romantic design blended couture perfectly with sexy and functional ready-to-wear.

Chinese designer Fengqin Yue from Polimoda was crowned as the winner of Italy. His collection “WARRIOR, POET” juxtaposes two groups of people who hold contradictory view on warfare. Poets laud for peace and warriors appear in wars, this contrast made him think about the pain that wars bring to mankind. Using fabrics and support materials that came only from vintage military garment, Yue’s collection also incorporated some unconventional materials like parachutes, tents or camouflage nets. Through this collection, Yue wanted to express his views on calling for peace and opposing wars.


Also from East Asia, award-winning South Korean designer Dayoung Jang from London College of Fashion joined the league as the winner of Best Collection Award United Kingdom. Her collection “HYPER BOBUSANG” focuses on the functionality and versatility of outfits, but with a humorous touch. Taken inspiration from her personal travel experience, she wanted to offer some experimental suggestions on how to dress wisely while traveling. The long-haul flights from Seoul to London often got her sweaty, and to carry a lot of luggage with her is truly bothersome. These inconveniences inspired her to merge accessories like neck pillows, belts, pouches or backpacks to her garments. The draping resembles the sweat-drenched clothing, and the waterproof fabrics enhance the functionality of the garments.


The winner of the host country Portugal is Andreia Reimão from Modetex. Previously the winner of Portugal Fashion’s Bloom and a finalist at ModaLisboa’s young designers’ competition, Reimão is not new to fashion competitions. Her collection “PLEASE (BEHAVE YOURSELF)” is dedicated to the fragility of masculinity. The concept came from Polish photographer Paweł Jaszczuk’s photography series of drunk Japanese men in suits and ties. These men in formal attire succumbed to alcohol and slept alongside the streets in uncontrolled postures, but they were inserted well in the society. Reimão aimed at creating a feeling of being out of place, designing a collection that seems incoherent while it is actually not.

Designer Ivan Hunga Garcia explains his collection to the jury in the beautifully decorated chamber

Norman Mabire-Larguier is the winner of ModaPortugal Best Collection Award

The evening culminated in Swiss designer Norman Mabire-Larguier taking home the biggest prize. Sensitive and radical, his ModaPortugal Best Collection Award winning collection is an intimate and progressive personal journey in quest of freedom. Mabire-Larguier refused to label his collection or to summarize its interpretation in a few sentences. According to him, the strongest way to connect with his work is through breathing. Between inhaling and exhaling, he dived into the heart of his emotions, gave shape of his inner world and expressed the unspeakable feeling of hinderance that has suffocated him in his development as a queer person through his garment. Body is his raw material and garment is medium. He worked directly in 3D, on the body of someone whom he felt close to. This rendered a sense of intimacy to his design, which won him the favor of the jury and the ultimate glory.

Aside from the seven award winners, there are also some designers worth mentioning. Australian-Taiwanese designer Samuel Lewis, who represented Polimoda and Italy, pulled out a quirky and whimsical collection filled with art and cultural reference. Inspired by Lou Reed’s anthology “Do Angel Needs Haircut?”, the idea of the collection is to prove that an angel is not necessary all that it seems. Due to his parents’ job, Lewis has lived in various countries around the globe. Behind his loud, campy, eccentric and flamboyant design, the collection is actually a tender retrospect of his childhood love and memories, his cross-cultural identity and the artworks he has seen.


Also represented Polimoda and Italy is Polimoda’s 2022 Best Collection Award winner Federico Di Nisio. His collection “MODERN ANTINEUTRAL” is a manifesto of cubism in the early 20th Century. The main concept of his collection is liberty, and it reflects on the materials and the techniques he used. Growing up, Di Nisio searched freedom through skateboarding and sailing. He combined scraps from sail and styling details of skater boy with the silhouette of the 40s tailoring. As Di Nisio stated, he loves to match tailoring with sportswear, making wearable and fashionable clothes for people.

The final credit of the fashion showdown

The ModaPortugal event was held in the beautiful Neoclassical building Pálacio da Bolsa.

Portuguese designer Ivan Hunga Garcia’s collection is based on the theory of object permanence. He used SCOBY leftovers from fermenting Kombucha as material to make fabrics. The symbiosis of bacteria and yeast is alive and is susceptible to external factors. This kind of uncertainty will affect the eventual outcome. According to Garcia, the collection is a combination of all of his long-term projects, which is to create biodegradable designs. Since his materials are alive and organic, the clothes will eventually die and be completely waste-free and sustainable.


Also taking about sustainability is designer Benjamin Ethan from London College of Fashion. He used recycled garments and fabrics to create his collection “Cloud Troubadours”. As a sustainability practitioner and a person who always has his head up in the air, he reinterpreted the everchanging form of cloud within the textile and gradually shifted the narration to the innovative ways of reusing and repurposing fabric scraps, deadstock and vintage garments.


Closing the ModaPortugal fashion show is the design of Leo Prothmann from London College of Fashion. It is no exaggeration to describe his collection as the most theatrical and fetishistic of the night. Inspired by German artist Rebecca Horn’s philosophical concept, the collection is a personal journey of finding “safe spaces” amongst outsider communities. This led him to look at loads of sculptures because they are silent and they looked at him back without judgement. His fondness for Japanese bondage art Shibari inspired him to incorporate ropes into his design, and his childhood memory of lorry carrying water to his home in Mallorca gave him the idea to fix metal on the shoe soles. All the elements resonate with Berlin’s underground techno subculture, which is known for its diversity and open-minded energy.

Finland | Ellen Rajala, Jarno Kettunen, Taneli Ukura (from left to right)

France | Mouyakabi Diomandé, Paul Billot, Zoé Gerolymos (from left to right)

Italy | Federico Di Nisio, Fengqin Yue, Samuel Lewis (from left to right)

Portugal | Andreia Reimão, Ivan Hunga Garcia, Rita Miguel Costa (from left to right)

Switzerland | Agapornis, Neils Raonison, Norman Mabire-Larguier (from left to right)

United Kingdom | Benjamin Ethan, Dayoung Jang, Leo Prothmann (from left to right)

Text: Yves Tsou