Du Zi
Marine Reclamation & SCAR
The idea or concept of “reclamation” could be traced back to as early as the ancient Chinese mythology in which a bird named Jingwei was determined to fill up the sea by continuously carrying stones or twigs in her mouth and dropping them into the Eastern Sea. This kind of retaliatory madness as depicted in that tragic story of revenge can also be found with the same intensity in China’s long coastlines today. With this attitude, through hysterical policies of land expansion, the utopian fantasy of a prosperous future is being portrayed as a political strategy in the booming economic development process. Mass consumption, capital investment and political power have also served as the fuels for such act. Extended seawalls and sandbags stretch at lengths already exceeding those of the Great Wall as large sections of wetlands and red woods have now become industrial development zones, ports, technological parks, vacation resorts, artificial beaches and exotic ocean view homes. Of course among these there are also half-constructed buildings and abandoned wasteland! My intention is to make this project a visual pathology of our coastline landscape and explore the true causes behind the environmental issues that we see today.

In the recent 30 years, China amazed the whole world with its rapid industrialization and urbanization. For economic development, China misused the nature as a raw material stock, seeking for everything required freely without limitation, regardless of the broken balance between man and nature. The trap co-plotted by capital and power eventually brought about equally “amazing” consequences.
“Scars” focuses on enormous man-made landscapes: mine, quarry, removing mountain for land, waste hill, fish scale pit, open mine pit, reclaiming land from sea, sand fixing in desert...The massive projects reduced the land surface into scars in the texture of the earth, standing out abruptly in the environment. That is how the serial works were named.
For the enormous scars, I composed “huge images” with 1 billion, 2 billion, or even billions of pixels, fully demonstrating all the details of the massive landscapes. In the contrast between the huge and the minimal, we may reflect on the relationship between man and land, environment.
Born in Taiyuan, now work and live in Songzhuang, Beijing
Education: photography, Wuhan University
2017 The New Documentaries Prize 2017
2015 Top 20·2015’ Contemporary Chinese Avant-garde Photographers
2013 Grand Award of Pingyao International Photography Festival
2017 2017 Lishui Photography Festival
Photo Beijing 2017
2017 A Window of Asian Culture facing the World,Asia Culture Center ,Gwangju South Korea
The New Documentaries Prize 2017
2016 Lianzhou International Photography Festival
2015 Mundane Images - Contemporary Chinese Photography Exhibition, Bonn Contemporary Art Center, Germany
2014 A Decade of Contemporary Chinese Photography, Lianzhou International Photography Festival
2014 The Best Chinese Photography List,
Lishui Photography Museum
2014’ Xishuangbanna International Image Festival
2013 Pingyao International Photography Festival
Lianzhou International Photography Festival
2013 Yuandian Contemporary Photography Festival