You're the first to know: the book is here!

Our book is now available for purchase ✨

Dear friends,

We’re super excited to share with you the first book that comes out of this project. It’s called Where The Story Begins, and it’s available to be purchased right now from our online store!

Since you’ve been following our story here on the newsletter, we’re letting you know before we start promoting this all over social media tomorrow. We only have 100 copies of the book printed, so don’t miss your chance — they’re bound to go fast.

🥰 Buy the book here 🥰

Don’t forget that the book will be followed by an exhibition of the work at Gueorgui’s RCA degree show in June. Stay tuned for this!

We’re very very grateful for the support of everyone who helped make this book happen, and who’s helped us be together and make work ❤️

Now that the hard work of getting the book out is finished, the usual storytelling on The Luckiest Kids in the Whole World will resume next week. We’re looking forward to seeing you then.


Tingyi & Gueorgui

Issue 08: Where the Story Begins

This issue curated by Gueorgui

GUEORGUI: We returned from Taiwan to our home in London, and we settled back into our life as a newly-engaged couple. Our next challenge would be to get married and secure our right to be together despite any obstacle, but we will write about this in another issue.

It's also about this time that we started to think about the photos we take together as something more than just a collection of family pictures, and maybe as something worth editing and sharing with the world. One particular inspiration for us was Lee Friedlander's book Maria, which is a collection of photographs of his wife over the 40+ years they've been married. It struck us as something beautiful and worth striving for, and, out of this, this project was born.

While we will make a book in a few decades that will hopefully be as powerful as Maria, for now, as we've mentioned earlier, we're releasing a small book that is one of the many milestones on the way to this. We're calling this book Where The Story Begins, and it will be available to purchase online this coming weekend, or in person at Offprint London 2019, in the Turbine Hall of Tate Modern. Look for us at the RCA stand!

If you would like us to reserve a copy for you when the book is released, please reply to this email and let us know 🥰

PS: The pictures in this issue are some favourites that didn't make it into the book.

See you next week!

Tingyi & Gueorgui

Bonus: T’s music recommendation

This week’s recommendation is this awesome cover of Gnarls Barkley’s Crazy by Daniela Andrade. T went to her concert and was in the very first row (because she arrived too early 😅) and says the show was amazing.

Issue 07: What's in a name?

This issue curated by Tingyi

TINGYI: People have been wondering why our project is called "The Luckiest Kids in the Whole World".

Everything comes from a sense of love, like in the song: All we need is love (and to be loved).

Over centuries, "love" has been one of the biggest topic that been discussed, explored and has inspired people. Love is the most powerful emotion a human being can experience. The strange thing is that almost nobody knows what love is. Why is it so difficult to find love?

The word love is used as an expression of affection towards someone else (I love you) but it also expresses pleasure (I love chocolate). To make it a little more complicated, the word "love" also expresses a human virtue that is based on compassion, affection and kindness. This is a state of being, that has nothing to do with something or someone outside yourself. This is the purest form of Love.

As I am gradually finding my feet in Gueorgui’s family as well as his life, I experienced what Rollo May said, and to love: to love means to open ourselves to the negative as well as the positive — to grief, sorrow, and disappointment as well as to joy, fulfilment, and an intensity of consciousness we did not know was possible before. Because we're able to learn and experience this, we are indeed the luckiest! ;)

Though we have time, we can never be quite sure how much of it we truly have, so brief is life. "There is only time for loving", said in the letter written from Mark Twain to Clara Spaulding in 1886, “but an instant, so to speak, for that.” I hope that you’re happy, and free, and feeling content wherever you might be in life, and always chose love.

See you next week!

Tingyi & Gueorgui

Bonus: G’s music recommendation

To stay on the topic of love, today’s music recco is Grace Chang’s Wo Yao Ni De Ai (I want your love). A classic, and one of G’s #karaokegoals.

A technical interlude

Announcing a couple of things

Hi friends!

The Luckiest Kids In The Whole World will resume next week, but for now we have a couple of announcements around the project.

A zine!

We will release a short zine of photos from the project coinciding with Offprint London at Tate Modern (18, 19, 20 May 2019). The zine will be available to buy at Offprint, and online the following day. It will be printed in limited quantities, and we’ll announce on this mailing list as soon as it’s ready for purchase, so keep an eye out.

A show!

We will show prints from the project at the Royal College of Art Show 2019 at the RCA Battersea campus, which will be open to the public from Saturday 29 June to Sunday 7 July (except Wednesday 3 July). We hope to see you there!

Have a great week ahead,

Tingyi & Gueorgui

Issue 06: Three Days in Taipei

This issue curated by Gueorgui

GUEORGUI: After getting engaged in Japan, we jumped on a plane in Kansai International and headed to Taipei, where I was to meet Tingyi's family for the first time. It was a full and intense three days, to say the least. In a whirlwind of events, I was introduced to many of her family members, who had no clue about my existence until a week or so before our arrival.

In retrospect, I did a poor job at planning this short trip. I had no understanding of Taiwanese family dynamics, of what was expected of me as part of the engagement, and what specific behaviours to adopt when meeting her family the first time. A lot of the hard work of "selling" our relationship fell to Tingyi, and the fact that my Mandarin was nowhere near good enough to explain anything made me fairly useless as a partner to her in this trying time, which is something that I regret.

Despite all this, her family treated me with warmth and kindness, and the process that would lead to us tying the knot got its full start before we flew back to Europe.

See you next week!

Tingyi & Gueorgui

Bonus: T’s music recommendation

Today’s music recommendation is Young Folks by Peter Bjorn And John. Listening to the lyrics, Tingyi tells me: “You should be asking me this question”.

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