Junyan Hou

  Professional Amateur

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Hou’s project looks to the sport of rock climbing as a lens for understanding humanity’s physical relationships with nature. His immersive video installation asks viewers to assume an awkward and compromised position, reclining beneath a large wooden structure in order to watch a video shot largely from the point of view of a climber. In this way Professional Amateur summons the simultaneous feelings of corporeal risk and meditative beauty exemplified by its subject matter.