Luo Yang is featured in issue #27 of Apartamento magazine, out now! Click here to get your copy!
Shanghai: Since 2008, Luo Yang has led her audience into the homes of the many girls who’ve inhabited her personal project of the same title. These rooms, located all across China, have witnessed these girls’ lives, moments of their love and growth. But when we try to distinguish the details of their rooms, we find that Luo has a knack of selectively focusing on her girls, obscuring the interior decorations that become a simple background. After I’ve finished this interview, I realise that Luo, a self-proclaimed minimalist, has already left us clues in these images as to her own life and nature.
Although moving is a common occurrence for young creatives living in Beijing and Shanghai, for many people the meaning of home has become even more complicated following the Covid-19 outbreak. Luo was born in a small city in the province of Liaoning, in Northeast China, but moved to Beijing after the 2008 Olympics and spent her underground youth in this cultural capital. With rising environmental pollution and cultural policy changes, she decamped from Beijing to Shanghai in early 2017 and began her life in this elegant but highly competitive city. After the sudden start of the pandemic though, Luo travelled to Tibet, Yunnan, and Hainan successively, to rethink the relationship between work, life, and ideals. From a childhood spent in the natural countryside of her native province to the days she now spends working in the hustle of the city, Luo’s life experience also reflects the life chances of many creative youths who’ve grown up around the millennium in China. Confident, fearless, and yearning for freedom, home is far from Luo Yang’s focus, but it is the starting point.