Feng Li's Proust Questionnaire

The Chinese photographer, winner of the Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival Discovery Award in 2017, who will have a solo exhibition at Rencontres d’Arles next summer, answered for Doors the Proust Questionnaire (a parlor game popularized by French writer Marcel Proust, who believed that answering these questions reveal an individual’s true nature).

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

There is no such thing as perfect happiness.

What do you fear most?

I don’t think I fear anything really. When I was little, I was scared to be home alone.

Which of your traits do you most dislike?

Selective syndrome and serious procrastination.

Which traits in others do you most dislike?

Apparently none, as it’s none of my business.

Which living person do you most admire?


What do you consider your greatest achievement?

My first fashion shoot these past two days.

What is your current state of mind?

I am currently sunbathing with my pig, feeling very happy.

Which moral principle do you think is overvalued?

People first.

Which part of your appearance are you least satisfied with?

Teeth, spots on my face.

Who are your heroes in real life?

My grandmother and grandfather.

What talent would you most like to have?

I already have the talent I would most like to have.

In what situation would you lie about something?

I can’t lie. When I lie to people, it’s fairly easy to spot.

If you could change something about yourself, what would it be?

My voice.

If you were reborn as another being, what would you like to be?

A tree.

What is your most precious thing?

My animals.

What do you think is the lightest kind of pain?

I think there is no such thing as a light pain. All pain is unforgettable.

What is your most notable character trait?


Which artists do you like most?

Lucian Freud, Weegee, William Eggleston.

Among fictional characters, who is your idol?

I don’t know. I think all those around me are fictional.

How do you hope you will die?

Relatively peacefully, without pain.


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