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CHINA DOLLS, China

China Dolls is a study of contemporary Chinese women, the role they play in society and the consequences of the country’s one child policy. Photographed individually in a darkened room, Daoust completely strips the scene of external signifiers spotlighting women who have remained in the shadows. These lyrical, aborted tableaux personify the feelings of otherness and otherworldliness that run through her work.

Each black and white print is hand-coloured and printed on ceramic tile, reinforcing the notion of the ‘China Doll’ and reflecting the fragile situation of the modern Chinese woman.