By Katy Cowan

In her series Girls, Beijing-based photographer Luo Yang reveals a side to contemporary China that is rarely seen in the West. Her portraits depict an emerging generation of women who defy traditional stereotypes. Instead of being simply shy and reserved as one might expect, these Chinese women are also bold, self-aware and painfully cool.

Her work will be on display at the Mo Industries gallery in Berlin until early June. Speaking of the series, Mo Industries said: “Luo loves to photograph the girls around her, attempting to grasp an understanding of their lives as well as her own. Although different, they share the same ambivalent emotions, confusions and concerns.

“It is in that connection that Luo finds the strength and fragility of her subject. Her images are brave and upfront, intimate and sensitive at the same time. They explore the themes of youth and femininity, while challenging traditional beliefs about women in Chinese society. As such, Luo’s Girls reflect a view on life in China that both celebrates and defies its reality.”

Discover more of Luo Yang’s work on Flickr. Or see the exhibition for yourself at Mo Industries, Rosa-Luxemburg Strasse 16, Berlin – until 5th June 2016.

Via iGNANT | All images courtesy of Mo Industries

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