Money to Burn
Kemistry Gallery, London
January – March 2011
In Case it Rains in Heaven
Streetlevel Photoworks, Glasgow
04.02. – 03.04.2011
Traditionally, the Chinese burn Joss paper (ghost money) for their ancestors so that they can enjoy their afterlives. Over the years, houses, cars and gold bars made out of paper were also burnt in the weeks following a person’s death. However, in recent times, as consumer culture takes hold of the Chinese culture, Joss paper products have become more elaborate, reflecting the desires of those who are alive. In an increasingly westernized society, designer handbags, laptop computers, iPods and fastfood made out of paper are often burnt for the recently deceased.
Born in Hong Kong in 1977, Kurt Tong was originally trained as a health visitor at the University of Liverpool. After gaining his Masters in documentary photography 2006, he began working on much more personal projects, drawing on his Chinese heritage and familial relationships for inspiration. Kurt Tong has received numerous awards including the Jerwood Photography Award and exhibited around the world at venues including FotoFest in Houston and Compton Verney.
Authors: Kurt Tong, Wendy Watriss
Artists: Kurt Tong
24 x 17 cm
60 color ills.