Hit­ting the moth­er­lode

Two very dif­fer­ent cre­ative types join forces on a unique new art­book

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Moth­er­land Chron­i­cles is a col­lab­o­ra­tive art­book by New York-based pho­tog­ra­pher Zhang Jingna and artist To­bias Kwan.

The project was con­ceived as a plat­form for Jingna, who be­gan work­ing pro­fes­sion­ally for Harper’s Bazaar when she was just aged 20, to re­visit the things she loved as a child – specif­i­cally fan­tasy art, anime and manga.

For the project she’s teamed up with To­bias, a con­cept artist work­ing at Californian video game de­vel­oper Ready at Dawn, be­cause, she says, “hav­ing a part­ner is in­fin­itely more fun and ex­cit­ing than do­ing a project alone”.

The re­sult is a collection of mes­meris­ing oth­er­worldly im­ages, which have so far been fea­tured in My Mod­ern Me­trop­o­lis, the Bri­tish Jour­nal of Pho­tog­ra­phy and Vogue. “Jingna fo­cuses on por­traits,” To­bias says. “So I wait for pre­views from her shoot be­fore start­ing on a piece to match her char­ac­ters and pro­vide more con­text within the en­vi­ron­ments.” The am­bi­tious col­lab­o­ra­tion sees the pair cre­ate new art­work ev­ery week, leading to the re­lease of a book in sum­mer 2014.

Moth­er­land Chron­i­cles in­cludes a stel­lar line up of guest artists, such as Naomi Chen, cel­lar-fcp and Noah KH. Find out more at


Cre­ated by artist To­bias Kwan, Bunny Yaga is the 18th piece in the Moth­er­land Chron­i­cles se­ries. In the Se­cret Gar­den sees pho­tog­ra­pher Zhang Jingna re­visit her child­hood in­spi­ra­tions. “The process of world and char­ac­ter-build­ing and re­search makes this project col­lab­o­ra­tive,” says Zhang. The Chron­i­cles cre­ates and pub­lishes a new piece weekly, the 38th re­lease be­ing To­bias’s Rider. “Cri­tiques of your work from some­one work­ing in a dif­fer­ent medium are re­ally cool,” To­bias says. “It gives you a fresh per­spec­tive.”

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