马海蛟 Ma Haijiao
马国权 | Mr. Quan (2016-ongoing)
风景计划 | Landscape project
影像观看链接 | Video web
单幅尺寸 40 x 50 cm；整体展示尺寸 42 x 170 cm
In a Quiet Place
40 x 50cm each; 42 x 170 cm in total, framed and installed
In a Quiet Place, refers to the role of the Chinese diaspora within the history of the city. The artist imprints standard advertising banners with the phrase, "The worst thing that the people have done for us is that they all left here at once."
This sentence is an homage to a quote from a book by Dmitry Ancha and Nelly Miz, titled The Chinese Diaspora in Vladivostok: The Pages of History, which describes the life of the Chinese population at the turn of the 20th century: "The worst thing that the Chinese have done for us is that they all left Vladivostok at once." It is well-known that the Chinese work force was indispensable to the city and representatives from various nationalities lived in close partnership with one another. However, the artist is putting his emphasis not so much on the significance of the Chinese diaspora, as on the universality of the statement that any nationality that abandons its home leaves palpable wounds behind. And one of the examples of this trauma could be the Far East in the 1930s, when, following the shift in the USSR’s policies regarding foreign residents, the large majority of the Chinese population was deported from the region.
installation view JIMEI x ARLES International Photo Festival, Xiamen, 2020