Jean-Christian Bourcart, Silent Scream
Silent Scream is an exhibition of posters hung on random, non-descript walls in Caochangdi, the 798, and other parts of Beijing. The posters feature a series of ten faces shouting, which Jean-Christian Bourcart shot while in Egypt. The work as a whole is formed by the layering of these faces on the walls. Bourcart’s photographs reflect a unique methodology, which he uses to dissect those open or closed eyes and those shouting, gaping mouths that emit no sound.

For Silent Scream, as many posters as possible will be stuck on each wall, to provide a wide variety of visual effects. All other posters or stickers must be removed such that the wall is almost completely featureless, much like Bourcart’s subjects. When the subjects encounter Bourcart’s lens, they are anonymous, random, non-descript strangers. These posters covered with faces are hung around the city freely yet savagely. The artist’s name, the work title, and logos are all absent from the poster; it is only the anonymous strangers’ open mouths that call to us, question us, and lash out at us. We do not know how long these posters will remain. Will they last for the opening week, or the entire duration of the festival? Will these posters be covered by others? We do not need to know how long they will hang; this is part of each poster’s mysterious fate.

These men and women, either angrily or happily shouting, are the subjects of Bourcart’s newest photographs. They represent the intermingling and communication of human emotion, and they trace human life through photography.