In the photographic project Forest, the British-Chinese artist Yan Wang Preston spends eight years (2010-2017) investigating the politics of recreating forests and ‘natural’ environment in new Chinese cities. Preston starts the project in Chongqing by following the developments of the transplanted old trees, the concrete structures and the people while documenting the changes, dramas and lives in the city. She then develops the project to Haidong by portraying the bizarre and wildly-coloured ecology-recovery landscapes. On the way, a series of stories are collected and narrated, raising questions towards the complexity of urban reforestation and nature re-construction in contemporary era.
The project won the 1st Prize of Syngenta Photography Award in 2017 and the 1st Prize, Professional Landscape, Sony World Photography Awards in 2019.
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Publisher: Hatje Cantz, 1st Edition (May 2018).
Texts: Zelda Cheatle and Nadine Barth
Hardcover, 30 x 26 cm, transparent dust jacket
128 pages, 65 Plates
ISBN: 978-3-7757-4375-4 (EN)