ihategoodbye, 2016

Hong Kong 2019
Chi-Wen Gallery
Inkjet Print on Canson Baryta Prestige
3+1AP (#2/3)
100.0 x 67.0 (厘米)
39.4 x 26.4 (吋)
Su Misu (b. 1990) currently lives and works in Taipei, Taiwan. Natural light on 135mm negative, revealing clothes or nudity, no resplendent accessories affixed. Models gaze right through Su’s camera lens with a calm demeanor, as if there is nothing left to manifest. Ihategoodbye is more of a “Watashi-Shashin” project: Photo shooting in a relatively casual manner, documenting an authentic lifestyle, nothing pretentious. Nevertheless, these portraits reveal what Su cherishes the most during the execution of her project: mutual respect. Though being dear friends already, Su said that she still tends to prevent any discomfort from happening between her model and herself while shooting photos, which can be an abusive experience. Taiwanese photographer Su Misu is known for exploring gender, BDSM and LGBTQ+ topics. Coming from a medical background, she’s interested in the “Synthetic”, the “Unnatural”, and other embodiments, using photography to discuss the struggle between the real and the illusory. Her work draws from Lacan’s psychoanalytic concept of the mirror stage, which is where a subject becomes alienated from itself and is introduced into an imaginary order. Despite her young age, Su’s photographic work is one of the highlights of our presentation due to her unique approach and skill in style and composition. With signature pieces of her recent series “ihategoodbye" and "I am a fake, but my heart is true” on show, one can get a clear understanding of the trajectory of Su’s practice. *This work is also available in a smaller size 50x33.5cm in an edition of 5+1AP.