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120 Km

 

 The 120KM project shifts the focus from the city to the countryside and the development set in motion since the last Five-Year Plan (2006-2011) which placed several key issues helping to elevate the conditions of farmers and rural population but radically changing at the same time secular traditions. For the first time ever in human history 50% of human population lives in cities or urban settlements. In traditionally rural China the emergency of this phenomena assumes the form of a high pace revolution, with an invasion of urban products to the countryside. The related risk is to turn upside down a whole rural culture overlapping new consumerist urban models on it. 120KM project crosses the territory of rural provinces of Hebei and Shandong, the territorial structure of which is a texture made of a fine dust fragmentation of rural villages and modern infrastructures. It composes an activity of social mediation, in the format of an open and un-planned journey carried out at different stages, involving people’s perception of changes, participatory consultation and awareness of their role in the evolution of their habitat.

 

 

CUN  村   /   PAGLIONI  大草席

CUN

 

Reflective plastic and acryl painting on canvas, dimensions variable, 2010-ongoing.

反光塑料、帆布亚克力涂料,可变尺寸, 2010-至今

 

For the first time ever in human history, 50% of human population is living in cities or urban centers. In traditionally rural China the emergency of this phenomena assumes the form of a high pace revolution, with an invasion of urban products to the countryside. The current governmental Five Year Plan placed several key issues to help the recently largely ignored rural areas and to elevate the conditions of farmers and rural population. The related risk is to turn upside down a whole rural culture overlapping new consumerist urban models on it.

CUN is the experience of crossing the rural territory trough re-contextualized maps and pictures representing the encounters with farmers and villages along the way. Maps are carried by local inhabitants and thus elaborated indicating the chosen paths, encounter’s places, feelings and additional information derived from the personal experience and outcome of walking the land.

 

村是在农村旅行的体验,包括重新设计的地图和在旅途中偶遇的农民和村民的照片。当地人将这些地图拿在手里,指出我们所走的路,他们的住处、对土地的感受和来自个人经验的其他信息。

 

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