We are Tiger Dragon People & Photobinge

  March 8 through May 19, 2013

“Don’t follow the black road, which is madness, dampness, illness, and the ghost road. You should follow the white road, which leads you back to your ancestors.”

Colette Fu makes one-of-a-kind collapsible artists' books that combine her photography with pop-up paper engineering. Pop-up and flap books originally illustrated ideas about astronomy, fortune telling, navigation, anatomy of the body, and other scientific principles: a rich history that prompted Fu to construct her own books reflecting ideas on how we as individuals relate to the world and society today.

"My pop-ups are a way for me to speak and inform," says Fu. "The real and implied motion in the pop-ups link to a temporal element and an inevitable corollary is to awe and unsettle. Constructing pop-ups allows me to combine intuitive design and technical acuity with my love of traveling as I try to understand the world around me. With pop-up books I want to eliminate the boundaries between book, installation, photography, craft, and sculpture."

With the help of a Fulbright fellowship, Colette Fu began photographing the We Are Tiger Dragon People project in 2008. 25 of the 55 minority tribes of China reside in Yunnan Province and comprise only 8.5% of the nation’s population, with the Han representing the majority. Fu's mother is a member of the black Yi tribe; her mother's grandfather was Lung Yun, governor of Yunnan from 1927-1945 and commander-in-chief of the 1st Army Group. "During my time in Yunnan, one old Yi man told me, 'Don’t follow the black road, which is madness, dampness, illness, and the ghost road. You should follow the white road, which leads you back to your ancestors.'”

Special thanks to Fulbright, the Independence Foundation, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the Puffin Foundation for their support of this project that is still in progress.

This exhibition also includes Colette Fu's "Photobinge" series of one of a kind pop-up books, designed as a travelogue of sorts, and "Fort Mifflin Casemate #5, Circuit of Fear," a pop-up book that stands over three feet tall and includes electrical circuitry.

Visitor parking is available in the library parking lot. The metered system accepts coin, cash and credit cards at the rate of $1 per hour. Posted gallery hours are Monday to Friday, 10 AM to 4 PM, or by appointment. Weekend hours as announced through JCBA emails or on the JCBA Facebook page.

Colette Fu / We are Tiger Dragon People from Jaffe Center on Vimeo.


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Spring 2016


Spring 2016

The Last Word

Summer 2015

Elephant House

Spring 2015

Born from folding

 Early Spring 2013


Spring 2012


Late Fall/Early Spring, 2010/2011

Carbon Alternative

Fall 2010

Proceed and be Bold!

Spring 2010

Animated Library

Spring 2010