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Paperface Curatorial Label


The profiles and textures in this series of portraits achieved through folding, tearing and pinching the paper, and also borrowing from woodcutting techniques. Finally, the humble brown wrapping paper is brought to life with photography and lighting.



They are instantly recognizable. Perhaps we can even recite a brief biography. In these series, Sandy seems to reach out to the realm of the timeless, where they now belong, while paying homage to their mortality.

Before they became symbols, street names or T-shirts, they were flesh and blood. Before their words are quoted endlessly until they become a meaningless, they were part of a bigger thought, an idea, a daring and novel response “whether right or wrong” to the problem of their lives and times.

Fragile and ephemeral, these portraits are like the figures themselves. Soulful, recognizable faces appear, seemingly out of nowhere, through direct manipulation on the most humble of medium – the brown wrapping paper.

They leave an imprint, but cannot last. What we are now left with are the photographs of portraits.


Tia Chandra
Critical Cultural Studies
SOAS, University of London


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