Cosplayers vs traditional theatre actors

For their Soul-Stealer project, Chinese artists Zeng Han and Yang Changhong delved into the two worlds of role-playing, both traditional (landplay in Guizhou and Mulian opera) and contemporary (cosplayers dressing up as anime, manga and World of Warcraft characters), then shot portraits of the players in them.

It’s fascinating seeing the two worlds juxtaposing. Similar and disparate at the same time, there’s also the sense that hankering after new masks means leaving behind the old ones. But you know, they’re all masks.

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