ABOUT THE ARTWORK
In the summer of 2018 Miss Aniela travelled to Beijing to collaborate with world-renowned haute couterier Guo Pei, who is likened to a Chinese Alexander McQueen, and best known for designing Rihanna's yellow gown at the 2015 Met Ball. For the collaboration, Miss Aniela shot a team of models in a variety of locations as well as Pei’s studio. Here, on location at Prince Kung’s Mansion, is a model shot amongst prayer cards, known as Ema (or 'picture-horse'), which are small wooden plaques on which worshippers write prayers or wishes. They are left hanging up at the shrine, where the ‘kami’, or spirits, receive them. Once inscribed with a wish, prayer cards are hung at the shrine until they are ritually burned, symbolic of the liberation of the wish from the writer.