绿皮书 (Lǜ pí shū)
GREEN (PAPER) BOOK, 2011- 2012
Series of 13 Prints (with 2 variants), Fujicolor Crystal Archive Paper, 2012
Green (Paper) Book is dedicated to the strip of land in Beijing, China.
Few meters wide, strip surrounds Beijing high way, linking city centre with airport and non - city land. I was captivated by people employed to maintain greenery in this not obviously agricultural location. The physical location represents the travel towards city, where the dreams are suppose to become truth.
Found Henri Rousseau’s book in a language, I could not read or understand, became my guide to the construction of the book and the utopian postcard perfect universe. The location was physical, the people were real, so were the hazy colours of the Beijing’s pollution seen in the sky and on the planted greenery. Photographs were taken on film, when I followed he footsteps of the workers. As they went to work, so did I.
An excuse to talk about labour and land related issues in both real and a metaphoric landscape context. Green Paper Book also touches on art production and idea of original, which are often present in my practice.