IEAS Exhibit Series — Arts of Asia

Beijing Besieged: Wang Jiuliang's Urban Ecology Unhinged

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EXHIBITION
March 10 – June 10, 2011
Monday through Friday, 9 am – 5 pm
IEAS Lobby, 2223 Fulton Street, 6th Floor

While China's rise, and its immense challenges, commands world attention, less light has been shed upon the colossal problem of waste generated by a burgeoning population, expanding industry, and rapacious urban growth. Photographer Wang Jiuliang turns his lens upon the grim spectacle of garbage, excrement, refuse, and wreckage heaped upon the landscape that surrounds China's mega-metropolis, Beijing. Eking out a precarious and hazardous living within are the scavengers, mostly rural migrants, who struggle to maintain familial and cultural structures amid the bleakest of occupations. In this exhibit we see the desecration of once-vital farmlands and rivers in the shadow of the new China's gleaming cities and planes and super-trains; the unholy cycle of construction's consumption and waste, and poignant images of the daily lives of the scavengers who toil at their own peril.

A symposium in conjunction with this exhibit, "The City Besieged by Garbage: Politics of Waste Production and Distribution in Beijing," and screening of Wang Jiuliang's documentary film "Beijing Besieged by Waste," will be held on Monday, April 11. An Artist's Talk with photographer Wang Jiuliang will be held on Tuesday, April 12, at 4 p.m.

See a video in guardian.co.uk about the on the growing problem of domestic waste on the edge of China's capital.


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