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"Visual Art in A Stop Motion" by a Chinese art student from The Art Institute of Chicago

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Use sharp western perspective with delicate eastern observation, this young artist took a set of extraordinary photos of a group of ordinary construction workers.

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We are getting lost in the world of social media. We want to share every place we have been to, every meal we have eaten, every new attire we have bought. We care more about how many likes we receive and in the process forget who we really are. Maybe we simply stop thinking about who we are and who we want to be.

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Today, we are showing you these ordinary but powerful cunstruction workers photos from a post 90 generation photographer, Michael Guo. Michael is currently studying at The Art Institute of Chicago, major in photography.

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Artist statement by Michael Guo

Art is a way of expressing oneself; at the same time it is also a tool that exposes the problems and facts of a society, history, culture and politics. I always connect these two factors together when I create my art, but I find the second one is more important. It’s because I feel like that artists have the duty to raise society awareness. Art comes from life and it should also serve life. The artworks that are closer to our daily life are the most appealing artworks to me. I grew up in a cultural diverse environment. It is an interesting time; different cultures collapse with each other and harmonize with each other in that era. Therefore I often use the conflict, misunderstanding, oppression between Chinese culture and Western culture as a big background; and focus on the reality the individuals and their stories behind this huge background, then use the stories as a premise to create art to address the social and cultural issue. Photography is a medium that helps me to achieve my goals, the glamour of photography is infinite, I call it “Visual art in a stop motion”, it gives people strong visual impact but can also let people dig the subjective information that belongs to themselves.

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We selected Michael's photos to tell you that every one has his or her own story and experience which creates your uniqueness and makes you interesting. You don't need to pretend, you don't need to follow others, just be yourself and you are worth admiring.

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Aren't you touched by the eyes in each of the photos? Each expression tells a deep story. If you like Michael Guo's photos, you can contact him via WeChat "guohetian" or email

Michael Guo
Artist: Michael Guo

doko is soliciting art and creative work.

No matter if it's painting, photography or writing, no matter if it's dancing, singing or tatoos, any form of creative art is welcome. Art is life. As long as you are creative, we would like to exhibit it.

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How to submit your work

Click here to send us a message and brief introduction of your art or creative work.

We will also organize an online gallery for selected pieces to showcase your talent.

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