After the wind blows

Dongba is located in the eastern part of Chaoyang District, Beijing. Because of its cheap rent, it attracts a large number of migrant workers, who are mainly gathered in the area north of the Ba River and west of the Beixiao River. The formation time and process of the village in the city are not able to be verified now. When I came here in 2010, it was already a very large community. Due to urban development, rumors of the demolition of villages in the city had been heard almost every year.

On November 18, 2017, the severe fire accident in the village in the city of Daxing district caused the government to adopt a tough rectification policy. In 2018, the village in the city of Dongba also started the demolition project. The total area of about 320 hectares of land has been turned into ruins and there are no statistics on the exact dismissed population.

In October 2018, when I finally got the chance to come back here in Dongba, instead of a place that I familiar, I saw endless green plastic which covered the rubble, and at a distance, few houses scattered around. During the university period (2010-2014), I often wandered here. I was curious about their lives and the space they created. I can still remember some faces that I met here, but now my memories have no place to go. It turns out that the traces of human existence can be erased so easily. They have lived their lives silently and will be forgotten with time going by. If urban development of society is an inevitable trend, could we think more about the people who are living a hard life?


2020, ESBAN, installation 14m × 5m, Tarpaulin, glass, mirror, brick, photo projection, book.

Photo projection