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 Countryside Space

Zheng Zhongmin

  

    In this project, I choose the emerging typical buildings and public facilities in southwest rural areas of Zhejiang Province as the objects of image collection.

    These buildings and facilities involve the constructions of traffic, environment, hygiene, sports, tourism, culture, market etc in countryside. Their characteristics such as modernization, urbanization, gardenization, landscaping and homogenization reflect from one side the value orientation and culture type of new countryside construction, and the many changes occurred in Chinese countryside which are influenced by consumption ideology and political power on the background of global urbanization process.

    Photography is relevant to time and space. A photo is a momentary image in historical process. It presents the spatial state of things at certain time point. Being different from dynamic video, static photos are not good at presenting the motion and change of realistic scene in a certain period of time. I am interested in organizing and structuring elements in pictures, forming new relations and context and bringing my thoughts into social discussion through images.

    It is obvious that new-type buildings in countryside cannot be separated from the natural scene coming from ancient times; they cannot be segmented from village scene with the history of hundreds of years; and they are also closely related to the present public cultural cognition in countryside. Through carefully observing and cautiously choosing public buildings and their space in countryside and with the attitude of calmness, steadfastness and solemnity, I extract the cultural elements from different time and space condensed in these buildings and their space, organize them in practical scene to enhance the openness, metaphor and symbolism of images and present the conflicting, mixing and lukewarm complex relationship between tradition and modernity.

     

Bus Stop

   

Village Sign

   

Cultural Hall

   

Cultural Wall

   

Swimming Pool

 

Courier Station

 

Aqueduct

 

Sports Ground

 

Viewing Platform

 

Pavilion

 

Pavilions

 

Lookout Pavilion

 

Lounge Bridge

 

Bridge

 

Garbage Chamber

 

Refuse Landfill