5/22/2013

"Sitting on the Wall"


In his beguiling photo series "Sitting on the Wall: Haikou V," Chinese artist Weng Fen captures young women and new cities on the precipice of change.  in the images, faceless adolescent girls sit on cement partitions in cities like Hai-kou, Shanghai, and Shenzhen, gazing out toward sleek hi-rises in developing commercial districts.  Their backs face us, giving no hint of a personal identity, save for their slightly varied school uniforms.  Meanwhile the booming new buildings dominate the background, their postmodern facades signifying an increase of investment and oncoming changes throughout the city.  The images highlight the growing divide between disenfranchised urban populations and residents in more central areas, as cities increasingly look toward development to attract capital and the upper classes.