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Lost Love, Yiyi is tired, and Waiting on the bridge, 2014

by Tiyan Melissa Kilie Baker

Winner, Macquarie Digital Portraiture Award 2014
3 x Single channel HD video

Lost Love – Waiting for midnight at the Long Distance Call Building on Chang-an Jie so I can call her, Beijing 1998, 2014 by Tiyan Melissa Kilie Baker
Video: 2 minutes

This subject told me of his love affair with a French woman that spanned decades. He spent endless nights waiting until midnight at the only long distance call centre in Beijing in order to call her. Their love could never be. The building still exists but now has a completely different purpose.

Yiyi is tired after running at Yong He Jia Yuan park, Beijing, 2014 by Tiyan Melissa Kilie Baker
Video: 5 minutes

This subject’s best friend is her dog, Yiyi, who she walks three times a day in parks around her house. She asked me to capture one of their night walks, and the moment of intimacy they share when Yiyi has finished running around the park and comes back to sit on the grass with her and rest.

Waiting on the bridge on Da Liu Shu Road for something to happen to me, Beijing 2011, 2014 by Tiyan Melissa Kilie Baker
Video: 3 minutes

This subject wanted to recapture the period when he first moved to Beijing and had no friends or job. Every night he would stand on a bridge near his house, get drunk, watch traffic pass and wonder what to do with his life.

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Macquarie Digital Portraiture Award 2014

Previous exhibition, 2014

The Macquarie Digital Portraiture Award is an annual event to extend traditional notions of portraiture and foster emerging artists with an interest in contemporary technology.

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