Emerson Contemporary presents “In Between Palms,” an exhibition featuring photographs by Baolong Song, 宋抱龙.
A series of one hundred portraits, In Between Palms captures the genuine moments in which one hundred individuals were asked to rest their heads on and between their palms and reacted to the emotional and physical sensations that surfaced during the capturing process. The series started with in-studio photography, then changed its focus to the street as the pandemic caused public art spaces to adjust and Emerson’s gallery closed.
Each portrait indicates a similar gesture, yet the diverse range of expressions sheds light on the individuality under the broad concept of “Human,” as well as providing a lens to examine the powerful and beautiful vulnerability of each individual. The series presents a collage of humanity’s width and depth in its diverse individuality and the universal essence of what it means to be a human.
The seemingly and theoretically opposing concepts of separation and unity disclose the harmonious paradox that hints at the fact that despite differences in color, gender, race, age, perspectives, and other, we are all interconnected and share this universal entity called “Human Life” through each extraordinary existence.
Artist Statement: “One who sees with his or her heart, sees with intentions to create.”
Humanity is an ever-evolving existence that continues to widen and deepen its definition through the span of time and most importantly, through the span of perspectives in noticing and acknowledging its already-existing depth and width, that in which reveals its profound diversity in, out and around each individual, unbounded by time.
The series contemplates the ever-pondering mystery of human existence through the examination and revelation of the unique individuality in “others.” The portraits shed light on the paradoxical ideas of “existential separation” and “unity” among humanity as well as their harmonious universal interconnectivity through the act of self-reflection.
About Baolong Song, 宋抱龙
Born in Kunming, China, Bao is a photographer and film director who currently resides in Boston. He specializes in portrait photography as well as digital/film shooting, editing and directing.