Bernard G Mills

Photography

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Una Knox

Arising where two surfaces border each other

The video follows a local tailor as he makes a traditional Chinese suit out of light-reflective material given to him by Knox. The tailor shows his fluency in making the suit, which was once a symbol of nascent nationalism and then a symbol of proletarian unity. The cut has now been adopted by Chinese celebrities and contemporary designers. The work highlights the culture of traditional, bespoke tailoring in a country associated more with mass manufacture. As the tailor labours in his workshop with improvised tools including an old cigarette box, people from outside enter the shop, providing a glimpse of the wider world around him. In the process, reflected gaps in our field of vision arise as the tailor manipulates the suit fabric around his workbench.

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