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Like a Precious Seam in the Bottom of the Mine

555 drawings
Ball pen on paper, 6x10 cm

The project is an archive of 555 very small drawings I realised during the two years I have been living in Shanghai. Visiting the huge Shanghai Public Library was one of the first things I did when I moved to the city. There, I came across an encyclopaedia which contained information and detailed illustrations covering all aspects of Chinese traditions, from ceramics, furniture, hairstyle, clothing, food, toys, textile crafts, architecture or performing arts. Since I can not read the text of the book, it was thanks to its images that I could navigate through this sample of Chinese collective memory. I have been copying, over and over and by hand, these drawings on pieces of coluored paper, in an attempt to build up my own visual dictionary of a culture that is unknown to me.





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