The CITYMAKERS Virtual Walks Project investigates fundamental themes of life in cities and on the countryside that are as relevant for people living in China as for those living in Berlin or any other European city. 20 people have taken part and created amazing video walks! Watch them here!
Last August, my studio in “Iowa”, an artist compound in the Caochangdi Village in Beijing, was forcibly demolished. Beijing municipal government has implemented a large-scale policy to develop certain areas in 2017, and hundreds of thousands of people had been displaced. Since then, my life has entered a state of uncertainty. Slowly I calmed down, and every time I came to a place where I could sense something special, I made use of the items on the spot, maybe branches or debris discarded by people, and made a tent like this, a pyramid conical structure. Like a little “shrine”, sheltering my heart.
About the filmmaker
- Zhang Ruo, a sculpture artist from Beijing. He started to produce his art project “Temporary Faith” in Berlin in 2018.