Colette Fu: We are Tiger Dragon People

For the past seven years, Colette Fu has been making one-of-a-kind artist books that combine photography with paper engineering. Pop-up and flap books originally illustrated sociological ideas and scientific principles; Fu constructs her own books on how our selves relate to society today. Limitations, experience and experimentation with the media lend a strong problem-solving component to Fu’s process.

In 2008, Fu was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to create a photographic pop-up book of the 25 ethnic minorities residing in Yunnan Province, China, from where the artist’s family descends. 25 of the 55 minority tribes of China reside in the Yunnan and comprise less than 9% of the nation’s population, with the Han representing the majority. Fu uses her artistic skills to spread knowledge and provide a brief portrait of their existence.

Related Events

January 23, 6-8pm – Winter Exhibitions Opening
March 6, 6:30pm – Artist Talk with Colette Fu
March 14-15, Saturday & Sunday, 10am-4pm (Weekend Workshop) – Cut and Fold: LED Pop-up Books

Support for the Center for Book Arts’ visual arts programming is provided, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Exhibition Views

pop up book withmany people in traditional dress
Miao Fishing Contest (2021) Colette Fu
pop up book of Chinese in festive costumes
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