Wandering the 798 district in Beijing last month I came across a set of photos of people with their belongings laid out neatly in front of their homes. Beijing-based Ma Hongjie's photos were statements about how we are what we have, not in the consumptive materialistic way but in that they give a sense of what it's like to be us. I'm terrified that if I laid out everything in the Garage I'd create a carpet of novelty sweaters and 80's power blazers.
The photos evoked Song Dong's massive installation of his mother's belongings. I have come to the conclusion that Chinese people feel really connected to their stuff.
Ma Hongjie's series will be collected into a book of 50 photographs in 2011.
Via Junk Culture.