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Join us for the opening reception of Veil, a solo show of Yao Ruilin's recent photography.

FRIDAY June 7th, 7PM-10PM @ C'mon Everybody 

Yao Ruilin:

Someone once asked me
Are you happy?
I giggled twice
But what I really wanted to say was
It is none of your business

From nineteenth-century readily available image making to the current state of self documentation, portraiture has dominated the medium of photography. Portraiture has enabled the artist to build stories, construct performers, revealers, while also offering viewers the opportunity to investigate the ways in which we shape identity. Olympia and C’mon Everybody are proud to present Veil, a solo exhibition of Yao Ruilin’s recent photography.

Veil is an accumulation of childhood keepsakes, with a deep affection for home and heritage. Our worlds are changing in this hyper-moving era (whether we are mobile or static). These images document Ruilin’s internal experience transitioning between China (Chengdu, Shanghai), and the US (San Jose, New York). Part of Ruilin’s personal nomadic history has created feelings of isolation and outsider-mentality; emotions that are often universal, but hyperized depending on geographical context. By covering up different parts of herself and her subjects’ bodies, Ruilin reveals the personal contentions Chinese women experience. The longer voices are silent, the more permanent the role of concealment becomes.

Using China’s city centers and historical landmarks as backdrops make the work function in a context that isn’t free or open. These scenes reveal something about not only Ruilin, but also the generation she comes from. There is a universal feelings of suppression that all Chinese citizens inhibit. Love is something Ruilin was taught to conceal, and think of as unconventional. Sex is taboo. Censorship, romance, individuality, and identity are unveiled through Yao's use of red fabric. Veiling becomes revealing.

If you are interested in acquiring one of the works on display, please head to For questions, interest in a collaboration, or any other message you’d like to send email

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~ Open all of June during C'mon Everybody's regular hours ~