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The Grass is Bluer by the Sea is a mental trip across capitalist cities where the distinction between memories, dreams, and realities coalesce in a melancholic mood.


If pictures tell us anything, it only tells the insurmountable distance between the camera and what is photographed. The gaze is always a lack. The world that seduces the gaze is a Trompe-l'œil. The Grass is Bluer by the Sea feigns no stories or humanist connection. The pictures are first and foremost accidental, like remnant visions of somebody who tries to look awry in the near-automatic movements dictated by the capitalistic destruction of places and subjects.


If we can't tell a concrete wall from a beach, a flower from a face, or representations from lives that's because we swoon and fall asunder, as we are being unborn in permanent dispossession, in exorbitant speed. The sad truth is that we are long disembodied by technologies of surveillance and an all-seeing culture that punishes us with mere appearances, the more we see the less we would relate, and everyone is nobody's anybody. There won't be a fathomable we” unless perhaps, in a language yet to come.




Book Size: W180mm x H240mm

Pages: 32 pages

Printing: Black and White

Language: Chinese and English

Edition: 1st Edition, 2018 - 200 copies

Publisher: Exist Random Press


《The Grass is Bluer by the Sea》LEE Chi-leung

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