Wang Lin worked as a stewardess for a Chinese air line and was fired after an unbelievable manipulation of her black and white images documenting the daily routine of the company's employees were put online with intent to harm her. She then put together a series of photomontages in panorama format Rêves d’hôtesse de l’air (Stewardess Dreams), beautiful and critical, in which she stages herself with humor. A humor mixed with sadness that dialogs with a fine tonality of colors both washed out and vibrant. The title evokes the tulip blossom, but the flower actually represents her metaphorically: some tulips are light colored or their flowers open up by day and fade away at night, depending on their perfume to attract pollinating insects. Wang Lin sees in the tulip blossom an epitome of the job of the stewardess. Since losing her job, she feels like a lost tulip flower, a wandering tulip.
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