Hai Bo, They Recorded for the Future (16 Women), 1999.
Hai Bo was born in Jilin province and learned printmaking before
studying as a woodcarver at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing,
graduating in 1987. He only began making photographs in 1999 when he
produced his Them and They series in which he restaged group portraits of mostly family and friends. Them #6 (or They Recorded “For the Future”)
combines past and present-day studio portraits of the same group of
sixteen women. One portrait enlarges a studio photograph, dated 1973,
that was produced during the Cultural Revolution and inscribed “For the
future.” This image confronts Hai Bo’s group portrait of the same women
taken twenty-six years later, in 1999.