Flat-Pack (Shenyang & Chengdu)
Flat-Pack (Shenyang & Chengdu):
Cultivating an aspirational consumerism and tapping into the wealth of the affluent urban population is a key feature of China's economic development.
Shot in Shenyang & Chengdu this series of photographs take a look at the wholesale remodelling of two Chinese city centres into hubs of commerce. Although shot during the same period of time, there are two distinct aspects of the project:
The vividly colourful photos peek through the hoardings of the massive building sites, mixing the bright consumerist aesthetic of the foreground hoardings with the messy reality of demolition and construction taking place behind. Surface, distance, colour and architectural detail are all abstracted into vivid images.
The documentary-type photos take a different view. They capture the unsettling, often chaotic, limbo space that people have to negotiate during this massive upheaval of their homes, workplace and way of life.
Working on both an abstract and documentary level, this is a thorough body of work that captures a significant moment of change for these cities and their inhabitants.