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Still Lights Gallery

The Forgotten Toys - Xiaotong Jiang
Sunday, March 3 - Saturday, March 9, 2013
Paul Sack Still Lights Gallery
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco,

About the Student Exhibition
This is a series of photographs named "The Forgotten Toys." The photographs captured a group of toys abandoned outside at night. When I found these toys standing lonely under the sprinkling sprayers and bright street lamps, I felt a connection between them and me.

Grown up in China’s 1990s, I received strict paternalistic education in childhood. Because of the straitened circumstance of my family and the strong wish to force me to study from my parents, I had few toys and few chances to step out of our small apartment to play with other children. To me, childhood is something I never thought as sweet.

In this series, although I never moved any of the toys when photographing, I intend to make an ambiguity between the sense of stage and reality to construct an atmosphere of dream and memory. The absence of the children and the sunlight, the outside positions the toys standing, and the rain-like sprayers, drag me back to fifteen years ago, when there was a girl, solitarily standing in the windows, and silently watching the playground with tears.

Participating Artists
Xiaotong Jiang, from China, an MFA candidate in photography in SFAI who works in photography, film, drama, scripts, music and installation.

Click here for the artist's website.


About the Paul Sack and Still Lights Galleries Exhibitions
The student-run Prentice and Paul Sack Still Lights Gallery displays photo-based work on a weekly basis.

The Galleries are open daily from 9 am–5 pm for exhibition and mural viewing on SFAI’s 800 Chestnut Street campus. Opening receptions are on Tuesdays, with an artist talk at 5:30 and a reception from 5–7 pm. For a complete schedule of SFAI's lectures and events, please visit