Feb 14, 2019
Feb 14, 2019

East Village No.1

East Village No.1


Rong Rong 榮榮

(Chinese, b. 1968)

Gelatin silver print (printed 2005)

Image: 37.5 x 54.5 cm (14 3/4 x 21 7/16 in.); Framed: 59 x 75 cm (23 1/4 x 29 1/2 in.)

Purchased with funds from an anonymous donor 2018.18

Edition: Edition 8/12



This hand-painted sign marks the entrance to an artists’ community established on Beijing’s east side in the early 1990s. The artists nicknamed the neighborhood “Beijing East Village” to suggest their affinity with New York City’s rebellious East Village art scene. The view, while avoiding the most squalid areas of the village, leaves little doubt about the hardscrabble nature of life there.

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