游走中国 - 城市系列
by Catherine Gfeller
Women and Chinese Megalopolis
My focus is on the intersection between Chinese women and the mega-cities in which they live. My approach is composed of three steps:
PHOTOGRAPHING AND FILMING
For this project, the first step will be to film and photograph women in Hong Kong, Chengdu, Shanghai and Beijing. I will meet, in each city, with around ten women covering various professional horizons to talk with them in depth before taking photos and filming them. How do Chinese women from different backgrounds and generations perceive these new ways of life and find an anchor in the mega-city? I have observed, for both men and women, that nearly all the Chinese living in cities come from rural areas. Their parents still live in villages that are sometimes very isolated, remote.
In consequence I also want to take photos and film in the provinces of Yunnan where traditional ways of living and untouched nature can be experienced. The enormous gap between life in a mega-city and life in the country will nourish my project in an expressive, contrasting and enigmatic manner.
I will set the scene for the women I have selected in both urban and natural landscapes. I will take photos of them, film them, and record what they’ll have said during our interchanges in movement.
Embracing the tremendous change that China is experiencing through the eyes of women responds to a three-fold objective, which is to:
- Echo the Silk Road in regard to its cultural aspect
- Reveal the role of women in China - Invent new forms of artistic exchanges between
Europe and China.