Duan Jianyu: New York Paris Zhumadian

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New York Paris Zhumadian depicts a Chinese dream: when the tertiary academic journey of the protagonist Hu Xiang comes to a close, and despite his wish to continue with the dream which he had created for his father all the way to the end, he is bound to have to enter into the rat race and class structure of commerce in the city. This could very well become the direct driving force for the development of Chinese society – after all, the world is not all that far away in the dreams of Hu Xiang, and in fact seems to be right before his eyes. Duan Jianyu has managed to depict how dreams about the world can be catalysed and developed even from the most mundane and ordinary scenarios of daily life. The work makes us embarrassed and feel like we are lacking, yet it touches our hearts deeply. The picture that is created from Hu Xiang’s story is akin to a romantic serenade about the “investigation into the globalisation of the vulgar”.

Chinese and English | Dimensions: 28.5 x 29 cm | Vitamin Creative Space, 2008 | Pages: 152 P | ISBN 978-988-17864-2-5 | Price: 20 Euros |

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