Art Project – Urban Strangers: Wetland’s Displacement


The establishment of wetland conservation areas has involved the displacement of hundreds, even thousands, of indigenous people. The inspiration for this artwork comes from the disorientation experienced by farmers and fishermen who were relocated.

The entire piece is constructed from wetland materials, such as reed stems. A table lamp in the shape of a red-crowned crane symbolizes the rare species found in the wetlands. The television screen displays symbolic wetland scenes, and an empty chair creates a sense of solitude. The new urban residents struggle to adapt as their old customs no longer apply, and they subconsciously view their surroundings through the lens of wetland elements. However, the wetland imagery on the television screen is now disconnected from their lives.


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