Guo Guozhu, born in 1982, Yongchun, Fujian, graduated from the Department of Mechanics of Nanchang Hangkong University. He now lives and works in Xiamen.
Since 2002, he started to use his work talking about “space” and social relationships. During his process, space is Guo’s most important medium and object. When he tries to describe or use a space, questioning about it, always begins from an individual spirit and ends up with the social phenomenon. His work was exhibited in many places and museums, such as: Pingyao International Photography Festival 2009, Pingyao, China; China-Holland Contemporary Arts Exhibition 2010, Xiamen, China; The Second Beijing Photo Biennial 2015, CAFA Museum, Beijing, China; Jimei × Arles International Photo Festival 2015, Xiamen, China; Photography New Academy Exhibition of China Academy of Art 2015, CAA Art Museums, Hangzhou, China, and so on. He was selected as one of the TOP20 China Cutting-edge Contemporary Photographer, 2015. He was listed in The Three Shadows Photo Award & New Talent Award. He was nominated in 7th Prix Pictet photography prize.
The Lingering Garden series captures the villages abandoned by farmers in the process of urbanization, which will be digested by nature and again returned to the earth over time. During rapid urbanization, villages and towns alter and replace each other.
Over the decades, China has gone from a cultivation culture towards modernization, resulting in millions
of farmers flooding into cities to become the necessary working force. Such migration requires both the rural and the urban to change in response to the huge
social transformation. To the migrant workers, they have to accept a break up of community and local connections, and must adapt themselves to the new mode of production and new identities. The Lingering Garden takes an opposite perspective of the modern city. Through documenting the landscape of abandoned villages, it attempts to discuss the rural as the margin, in order to offer a view that is totally different from urban experience and consumerism and to reflect the seen and hidden power struggles between the traditional and the modern.
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