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" Have you found a place to live?

   If I can't find a place to live by then,

   I would not continue to do it,

   and I will not beg for it,

   because it would make me look so pathetic."


​Beijing Drifter

Print on Paper, 510mm x 340mm, 2020

  She is a middle aged women who is a "Beijing drifter". Although we don’t have much contact with each other in daily life, we still have a small number of intersections and we also live in the same city. When she told me her story, I was surprised and shocked, so I decided to go into her life deeply. I gradually realize that although both we are far away from home, my helplessness is just a lack of spiritual comfort, while she has to bear more than I thought. Maybe people like her who are silent and unheard is the majority of the city, and the elite class I imagined in my mind is a minority, which makes me think about whether the people I contact with were real or imagined. In the different scenes of her work and life, I choose to use the documentary shooting method to introduce and record her life truly. Only in this way, it can she show her life more completely.

  This not only allows me to understand the true face of life in reality, but also gives me a sense of identity from my own loneliness, which is just like the concept of imagined communities mentioned by Benedict Anderson in the book “Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism”. This concept enlarges a small common point into a whole.

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