« Jannis » is a book portraying a Chinese young man. Born in China, he migrated to
Singapore to pursue his studies. It is in this cosmopolitan city that he became adult. In search for identity, Jannis oscillates between native culture and western influences.

Jannis has many names: born Jizhou Chen, his life was marked by a change of pseudonyms that formed its evolving personality. This multi-faceted person is portrayed by the play of contrasts between archive images, portraits and writing. These types bind to form a complex imaging of this person. The evolution of it is traduced by the chronology of the book, revealing the young man gradually.

From family photographs of the last century to instagram selfies, the imaged life of a
man goes from intimacy to the public sphere. Jannis plays with its image and affirms himself through it; its reflection has a universal character.