Tags archives: china

Photographer Interview: Algirdas Bakas

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How did you initially decide to move to China to work? What was the process and had you visited before? Before moving to China I worked in a major photography studio in Vilnius for three good years where I learned tricks of the trade but also realised that the commercial work I was doing was not inspiring me. I wanted to explore the planet and do travel p[...]

Transcending Evil

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History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives. -Abba Eban (Israeli diplomat, politician and author) Probably, no nation is rich enough to pay for both war and civilisation, we must make our choice; we can't have both.  -Abraham Flexener (American Educator)  We are divided as a species and yet we hav[...]

Only in China

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Jostled up against the northern bank of the Sham Chun River, the dividing line between China and Hong Kong, lies the adolescent city of Shenzhen. Both the city and its average inhabitant, are under 30 years of age, and in these three short decades this city has packed in the type of socio-economic and cultural development that has taken most European cities [...]

Thames Town: An English Ghost Town in Shanghai

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Green-lit in the Shanghai government’s 2001 ‘One City, Nine Towns’ program, and completed in 2006 with a capacity for around 10,000 permanent residents, the town stands now, eight years later, as a largely forgotten failed experiment. It’s quite a trek from the centre - it can take up to two hours by metro and taxi - but for a unique experience of bemusement[...]

Biscuit Tins and Porn, Artist Profile: David Rodriguez

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At twenty-eight years old, David Rodriguez was working eight hours a day, five days a week, selling biscuits. He’d come to France almost ten years before to study art, after having finished school in Colombia where he’d grown up. One fine art diploma, two master’s degrees, a marriage and a divorce later he was wondering exactly what he ought to do with his l[...]

The Rapidly Shrinkxpanding Shanghai Pt. 2

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Continued from Part 1 Next to the neighbourhood that was still being demolished was a construction site, where, a quick glance at the not-up-to-date Baidu streetview revealed, an almost identical neighbourhood to that which is pictured in Pt. 1 and at the gallery at the end of this post stood very recently. It was both amazing and saddening to see the befor[...]

The Rapidly Shrinkxpanding Shanghai Pt. 1

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Whilst it may be growing outwards, the most obvious growth is upwards - it's a city with more than 20,000 buildings 11 storeys or higher, and more than 1,000 buildings with over 30 storeys. Construction is everywhere, and with a population growing so fast, room in the centre of the city is running out. To make way for new high-rises, old neighbourhoods of 2 [...]

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