Wanqi Huang

Born 1999



Through this narrative fashion photography series based on selfie nudes, designer Wanqi Huang faces and challenges topics of sexuality. At the beginning of the series, the body hiding in the curtains depicts a comfortable environment where the shame of nudity disappears. As the series unravels, the details of the body are gradually exposed. It is an elegant introduction to the phenomenon of sex in China, where this topic has always been treated as a matter of shame. Through her work, the author wants to call on society to face shame, and to discover that behind the shame lies the beauty and elegance of the human body.

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Award Motivation

The project was chosen for its very natural depiction of sexuality and femininity. The images reflect women’s bodies in an intimate way respecting their shapes and movements. This is a photographic narrative on a cultural perspective of body, sexuality, beauty, seen through the eyes of the Chinese people. Flipping through the pages of Wanqi Huang's series one can connect with the feelings, desires, fears and loneliness of younger generations in China. By shooting nudes Wanqi is calling on her own society to face this topic, by showing them the beauty, the elegance, the fragility and the poetry of the female body.