Sarah Mei Herman started her long-term project in 2014 during an artist residency on the Chinese coastal city island of Xiamen. Rather than focusing on cultural differences, Sarah Mei Herman explores aspects that are universally recognizable: the importance of friendship and love. This ongoing series portrays four recurring young women over time. They are all connected as they studied at the same university. The harmony and beauty that strikes the eye upon first viewing the images is streaked by underlying sadness and references to a hidden and secret universe of femininity. In China, being gay is no longer illegal, but it’s still not accepted by older generations. None of Sarah Mei Herman’s protagonists could speak openly with their parents about their sexual preferences. Since 2014, Sarah Mei Herman has returned to Xiamen several times to capture the changes in her protagonists’ lives. This long-term approach allowed the artist to unveil intimate moments between her protagonists, but also the connectedness between the protagonists and the artist herself. Three of the four young women have moved to Europe in recent years. The last photographs were taken in the Netherlands, where the artist lives.