What really keeps time – clocks or memories? »Timekeeper« is a series of 3D photographs by Matjaž Tančič, inspired by the set up of Hui-style living rooms in the old village houses of Yixian. As one enters these dwellings, the eye is again and again greeted by the same sight: a small altar comprised of a clock, two vases, and a mirror.
The »timekeepers« now tell a new story – a story of today. The old clock may be replaced or even lost, but then perhaps another object will take its place, transforming the altar into a reflection of the household. Photo albums, medicines, wristwatches, toys, or food are now all part of the setup and tell the story of the altar’s current owners – farmers, tea growers, retired teachers, and artists. Individuals from several different villages are featured in the photos with an altar of clock, two vases, and a mirror. The 3D technique lets the spectator get closer and experience the story more intimately.
SPECIAL EDITION: signed, numbered
Size: 21 x 14,80 cm, 64 pages
Binding: paperbound, hardcover, with a box
Publisher: Jiazazhi, 2015