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Thursday 6 June 2013

the brick of achievement

the BRICK of achievement

5 years  stage候台BACK


German ART Magazine picked up my project ID-Identity and wrote some words, see below the German version
and the english translation follows by the screenshots. 

Original link HERE

The women who respond to a short online ad “Women sought for art project” are invited by Susanne Junker to come along to a photo shoot in her Shanghai studio. She asks the women to make themselves up – blind. Instead of sitting in front of a mirror, they sit in front of a camera. Without any further instruction or explanation, the women dive into the make-up. They have agreed to be observed during that intimate and private moment of making themselves beautiful. Clearly, Susanne Junker’s project is no glamorous fashion shoot. Applying the make-up is not a particularly delicate or flattering process. At times it is almost brutal to see how they treat their faces – coating, powdering and painting their skin; pulling, deforming and colouring their lips, lids and lashes.   

The women reveal a great deal about themselves.  Forbidden to check the colours and their handiwork in the mirror, they sit in front of Junker’s camera lens. It takes a certain courage to accept the imperfect, the strange and the ugly.

Yet, at the same time, this deviation from the everyday ritual seems to have a surprisingly liberating and inspiring effect on many of the women. They really come out of themselves and it is clear to what extent they associate fantasy, frustration, dislike, convention or freedom with the act of applying make-up.

One woman uses nothing but white cosmetics; another only wants to wear gold make-up. Many of the women reach for the black lipstick and choose unusual and strong colours to apply to their eyelids. They really immerse themselves in the artistic experiment of applying make-up blind. They play with their possibilities and push the boundaries of the activity. And it is all done with great seriousness, concentration and a challenging self-confidence.  There is hardly a silly or embarrassed grin to be seen in any of the photos.

 Susanne Junker has long been interested in the issue of how people view their bodies, in beauty and the search for identity. She has herself worked as a model and consequently spent much of her time being made-up. She found it was a process that could often be painful and rough, leading her muse on the fact that the “in-between” moment can be quite ugly. One of the first photos she took was of herself, using a remote shutter release. After a shoot, she stands naked in the shower with mascara running down her cheeks. She found that this reduction to externals that was part of her work stood in stark contrast to the profound feelings within her.    

Susanne Junker seeks that vulnerable, intimate moment of transition, the moment of adapting to ideals of beauty. Her volunteer models are not sitting stiff and immobile in order to have their portraits taken. They have come along to put on make-up, and the photographer captures the moment “when something happens”. She chooses one picture from the series of photos that she takes of each woman.  She is waiting for an unpredictable, unforeseeable moment. For her, it’s all about the expression. Junker’s portraits emanate a spontaneous, free and radical openness and strength. In their uncontrolled imperfection they radiate their own beauty and inimitable aesthetic.   

by Eike Stratmann, May 2013

Wednesday 5 June 2013

the secret 7 and the interview by ISC

la self doll et moi

some works 

some works 

the famous nurse dresses

our magazine mock up - soon to be printed

Chris bottle with Chris in background

ICS TV asking questions . . .

Caucasso and the moment of fame

CPG in interview

confused filmstill # 1

confused filmstill # 2

confused filmstill # 3

confused filmstill # 4

the secret 7 document show

Last sunday, on June 2nd, the secret 7 gathered for a last gig at SAS Yang gallery

on 111 Liyan Road, the artist esclave where lot's of the 696-lers ended up.

the secret 7 document show  displayed our last 6 month of art-fun-stuff.

English speaking local ICS TV was also interested and came for an interview.

On air on ICS on June 15.

Keep you posted. . .


the art-hole

not much blogging lately - in the heaven of dust the mind get's foggy as well...

...lot's happened...

check further posts...SJ

Thursday 2 May 2013

a relict of old times

Our beloved-behated elevator including the elevator woman (dian ti ayi) will shortly be gone.

A relict of old times will vanish.

A new lift is on the way. And the crazy chatty dian ti ayi's voice won't be heard in the gallery anymore.

Wednesday 24 April 2013

to face or not to face

Saturday 30 March 2013

we got snapped by Ged

Thanks to Ged for those great shots of the Secret 7 after hanging the Blue show "hang out"!

Thursday 28 March 2013


Liu Tao left Shanghai for Beijing to start his 6 month residency. JUMP START!

Tuesday 26 March 2013

BLUE Saturday

this Saturday, March 30, come and join us at the new secret 7 show 


in our club house.

Opening 6 - 9 pm.

English address:

No 48, Lane 248 Taikang Lu, near Sinan Lu, Huangpu district


Chinese address:



Tuesday 19 March 2013


spring arrived on our office table ... and new beginning to come...

Sunday 10 March 2013

HomeLand Installation View

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