Make Me Beautiful (2018 – ongoing)

Diagnosis – Internet Celebrity Style

Diagnosis from a face-reader

Diagnosis – Pure and Innocent Style

Diagnosis – High-level Style

Diagnosis – Girl Idol Group Style

Diagnosis – Anego Style

In 2017, Chinese cosmetic surgery clinics performed 16 million procedures, up 26% year-over-year. As someone who suffers from judgements by my appearance, I feel connected to the zeal. I decided to use photography to explore the mechanisms behind it, and as a therapy for self-body shaming.

I went to different cosmetic surgeries for diagnosis, and asked the “beauty designers“ to write surgery plans for me. Other than pointing out my “defects”, they also volunteered to offer me different solutions according to my preference, letting me choose from the most popular types of faces like choosing products on a shelf – suggesting that face is my “permit” to my dream life. I feel a sense of desire and weakness in front of the overwhelming consumerism culture.

Apart from cosmetic surgery diagnosis and photos that I took of some cosmetic surgeries, I also collected pre-surgery portrait photos of the people who have already done cosmetic surgeries from cosmetic surgery specialty websites, removed watermarks added by the websites to return their original look, and cut patterns on the portraits with a knife, before attaching to each of them thoughts shared by people who have done cosmetic surgery in my own handwriting. These photos remind me of death masks, post-mortem photos, or perhaps all the photos – as the moment they are being made suggests the past and the lost. But there are more to these portraits: hope, insecurity, determination, farewell, secret…

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