People search - for happiness, knowledge, belonging, they discover, collect and tell stories. In the spirit of these narratives, artist Yuki Jungesblut set out to find the mythical Kirin in the lands around the East China Sea. This noble, gentle creature heralds peace, justice and happiness and is of hybrid nature, with the head of a dragon, the body and legs of an ox or deer, scaled and clad in fire. Although it is sometimes compared to the dragon or the unicorn, it is in no way to be confused with them. Depending on the region and era, its descriptions and interpretations vary greatly.
Kirin Quest, inspired by Lewis Carroll's The Hunting of the Snark, tells of this quest and, with the Kirin as its leitmotif, invites readers on a journey between imagination, fiction and reality that connects different worlds and times. The book weaves a web of impressions of a region, of exchange and trade, deities and rocks, nature and culture, East and West, present, pasts and futures.
Like its namesake, this book is of a hybrid nature, part travelogue, part artist's book and just as much the narration of a dream of discovering the world and the rewriting of a temporary utopia.
Yuki Jungesblut, *1974 in Hamburg. Lives and works in Berlin.