House-D12, an offsite exhibition by Wang NewOne with sound design and lighting by felicita, is on view between June 1 and August 31 in Fenghe Village, Baiyun District, Guangzhou.
Created inside an abandoned house in the village, Wang NewOne’s work invites intrigue into a ghostly historic site slated for future demolition and development. Fenghe Village, an agricultural town, was built in the Qing Dynasty over 150 years ago and has to date preserved its unique Lingnan culture and architecture despite a diminishing and ageing population. As the artist says of the location:
“Between the 1950s to ’70s, many villagers left to work abroad; together with the outflow of young labour, Fenghe gradually became a ‘hollow village’ (only houses, the people are missing), its quiet sunsets contrasting sharply with the booming airport economy developing nearby.”
Wang’s installation brings a fleeting moment of new life and ambiguous contemplation into this area under cultural transformation.**
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