Bamei by Colette Fu

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Bamei Cave in a Peach Blossom Forest, is from my series "We are Tiger Dragon People," photographic pop-up books of the ethnic minorities of Yunnan Province, China. Bamei means 'cave in the forest' in Zhuang language. Tao Yuanming, the Eastern Jin Dynasty (317-420) poet, described Bamei as an isolated Peach Blossom Valley where people lived a simple, pastoral life. For centuries, Chinese people merely regarded this valley as imaginary. To the Chinese, the peach blossom symbolizes luck, love and longevity, and to some, immortality.

Artist Bio

Colette Fu makes pop-up books using photographs from her travels around the world. After receiving an MFA in Fine Art Photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2003, Fu devised opulent, complex compositions that incorporate photography and pop-up. She has designed for award winning stop motion animation commercials and freelanced for clients including Vogue China, Canon Asia and Moët Hennessy • Louis Vuitton. Her pop-up books are included in the Library of Congress, the West Collection and many private and rare archive collections. Fu recently returned from a 6 month residency in Shanghai, where she continued her "We are Tiger Dragon" project, an extensive visual exploration of China's ethnic minorities. There she also designed China's largest (1 spread) pop-up book measuring 2.5x5m. Fu's numerous awards include a Fulbright Research Fellowship to China, Independence Foundation, Leeway Foundation, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Puffin Foundation and Society for Photographic Education. Fu is also a passionate educator, who teaches pop-up courses and community workshops with marginalized populations at various art centers, universities and institutions nationally and internationally.