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Here, Now, Always

Reversal film, slide projector, employee cards, red brick dust, sand, 2023

For a specific period, Qingshan, this formerly barren land brought together people from all over the country, building substantial steel mills, and building their new homeland and identities.

Han Qian photographed her collection of WISCO workers' cards and photographed the environment of a community that was once built but is now once again in ruins. In the circulation of an old slide projector, the positive image of identity information and the negative image of ruins appear randomly at cross purposes.

Echoing this, Han Qian juxtaposes the back of the employee cards, which are symbols of identity and value, together with red bricks and grains of sand, reminding of the interplay between collective memory and the land.

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