Jiaxi Yang is one of the 50 best emerging photographers for 2015, as voted by the eight-member international jury for the LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards 2015. Here is her winning entry and artist’s statement. View her profile to learn more about her and to see more of her great work.

The Horizontal Mode of A Waking Life considers the lives of food and objects, relocating them from their original contexts and functions in order to call attention to the unremarkable—as well as to the possible ways in which such things can interact with each other.

These displaced, recontextualized objects prompt the viewer to imaginatively reconstruct fictional narratives describing the owner’s life. By defamiliarizing the ordinary and exposing the barely recognized traces of desire and absurdity, I create new ways of perceiving habitual existence.

—Jiaxi Yang