Material Life Noisy – the project

Paul van der Stap Elisa Veini documentary projects China

This is a fragmented story about how the Chinese are confronted with social, economical, and cultural changes in their country. Many Chinese have difficulty with finding their way between the old and the new China. In previous times, the collective was decisive. Values were set from above. Nowadays, there is a huge urge to consumption and a (assumed) freedom of choice. At the same time, ‘harmony’ – earlier a guide for the individual conduct – is now becoming a collective, societal ideal. What happens when traditional family bonds relapse due to a massive emigration to cities? How do those who stay behind on the countryside survive?

The photos and texts are made between 2010 and 2012 during our travels from Sichuan in the southwest of China to Shanghai at the east coast, from Shaanxi in the north to Guangdong in the south, and from the capital Beijing to the southern countryside of Yunnan and Guizhou.

What is “material life noisy”? Read the blog here.

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