Blue Wall 7 (2013)
Colour photograph (Giclée) by John Brooks


  • Colour photograph (Giclée), Paper
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  • Size: 29.53 × 19.69 × 1.57 in (unframed) / 29.53 × 19.69 in (actual image size)
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John Brooks

United Kingdom

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Artist's description:

I discovered this stunning piece of rural architecture while in Northern Guangdong Province in China while visiting for the Spring Festival (Chinese New Year). The country village which was near the town of Shaoguan was where my wife's ancestors came from and we found family members still living there. The intense blue coloured wall had inscribed upon it a number of political slogans to reinforce the indoctrination of the peasants who live there and cultivate the fields which the wall adjoins. The wall also had modern graffiti added which has been removed but leaving a ghostly outline of the characters.
To me the wall is symbolic of the suppression of the peasantry by and during the Cultural Revolution. Later I discovered that Shaoguan had been an important hub of the Mao Ze Dong's revolution and that there still exists there a shrine to the communist teachings of Mao and the revolution called the "Nostalgic Book Room". Also there were some unpleasant incidents between differing ethnic sects in 2009 resulting in the murder of factory workers. The whole set of images comprise a total of 13 portraying different sections of the wall and in varying states of decay. The decay represents to me the decay of the quality of life and freedom that the local people endured under the revolution.

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Giclee on archive paper

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