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“Hangzhou House” by Li Qing: Globalization is an Idea

The series of photography takes a large number of single houses left by the villages in the city to be demolished during the urban renewal and expansion in Hangzhou in recent years. These buildings (mostly nail households) are isolated from the original community buildings, forming a special and absurd sense of form. Photography is the last gaze of these buildings. At the same time, the images of these houses also become a special database, reflecting the aesthetic judgment of Chinese people on the rich life in imagination in an economic development and consumerism period, and the style of hybridity and cottage reflects a kind of local modernism architectural practice. The architecture is a reflection shown through community and group style, subjecting to how people receive information. It represents how knowledge of globalization is spreading and being shared throughout China.

  • 2021/01/23

  • Hangzhou

  • Li Qing

The Author

Li Qing

Li Qing was born in Huzhou, Zhejiang Province in 1981. He lives and works in Hangzhou and Shanghai. His paintings, installations and video works seek rational rifts in similarity and contradiction, acting on the perception and acknowledgment of a viewer through circuitous and overlapped structures. In recent years, his works track the historical fragmentation and ideological conflicts that have occurred widely in the dissemination of information, collective memory, and knowledge experience. Simultaneously, his works are testing the tension and contradiction between image, language, symbol and social space, connecting the multi-level elements of experience in series to construct a conflict structure. The capture of micro-politics in everyday spaces and images, the questioning of political identity in aesthetic tradition, and the observation on the identity of Chinese Art in the context of Global Art, all reflect his historical consciousness among the younger generation of Chinese artists. To know more about Li Qing's works, see his Web site:

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“Hangzhou House” by Li Qing: Globalization is an Idea 30.275674, 120.150486 “HANGZHOU HOUSE” BY LI QING: GLOBALIZATION IS AN IDEATags: Architecture, Real Estate and Housing, Local Initiatives