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In Chinese culture the color red is used during auspicious events such as marriages and New Years because it symbolizes happiness and good fortune. Red also plays a significant role in symbolizing blood relations within families.

In this series called 'Red', red is the metaphor for blood that holds together two different types of relationships: arranged marriage and sisterhood. The relationships I chose to convey are not blood related, nor do they represent happiness. In the arranged marriage photos, red conveys the helplessness and sorrow of this ancient Chinese practice. Conversely, in the sisterhood series, red acts as a literal family-like bond of blood that holds the two unrelated women together. I hope that the juxtaposition of the two themes encourages readers to consider the deeper meaning of red in a different culture.