In Like a Pearl in my Hand, Carina Hesper reveals a side of China that is hidden from the outside world. Many parents in China give up their newborn child when they find out that it is visually impaired. This is a consequence of the One-Child policy (formally ‘relaxed’ in 2013) and the loss of face associated with having a child with a disability.
Touched by their fate, Carina Hesper photographed a group of orphaned children with a sight impairment in different locations of the Bethel orphanage in Beijing, China. Their portraits are collected in a monumental book that is fully coated in black thermochromatic ink.
In Like a Pearl in my Hand, form and content are brought together in a unique way. The blind children, their concealment from society and the touch that is needed to see; the reader experiences what it is like to be without sight and is actively involved in the fate of a group of vulnerable children.
The book adds a tactile dimension to the medium of photography – a medium that is predominantly about seeing and being seen.
You can support the realization of Like a Pearl in my Hand by pre-ordering through Carina Hesper's webshop. The first buyers will be able to pre-order with a discount of up to 50% on the retail price (€ 249,-).
More info: www.carinahesper.nl/shop/