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Guo Guozhu: The Entrance Hall

2017-02-28 10:32:04  source: PHOTOINTER [Cooperative]  author: Guo Guozhu  editor: 斫子 Su Yuezhuo
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The entrance hall is an important place for hanging of pictures, receiving friends and guests, and hosting extended family celebrations at the end of each year. As a significant part of rural family life, the entrance hall is a vital stage for maintaining the hierarchy of seniority in family life, and maintaining contact with outside acquaintances.

In January 2015, at a small village in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, a group of villagers bid farewell to their original living space and moved into residential buildings. In February 2015, bulldozers entered the village and demolished the collection of homes where they had developed their memories up until that point. This set of images was taken during the relocation of the village. The lens allowed me to incorporate a strong family-centred element to my examination of the village. The combination of the traces left by different families allowed us to reshape our imagination of the past life.

Statistics indicated that between 2005 and 2009, village committees in China were being reduced at a rate of over 7000 each year. China, the once thriving agriculturally-dependent civilization, is today experiencing rapid urbanization resulting in an average of 20 villages disappearing every day.

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