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Terra Cognita - Urban Jungle
2012

Terra Cognita - Urban Jungle

Yan Preston

Forest (China, 2011)

What is Utopia, and what does it cost to build it? FOREST shows how they are trying to construct a utopia from scratch in the Chinese city of Chongqing. The goal is a model city incorporating five ‘ideals’. A woods is one of them. But rather than planting trees and patiently waiting for them to grow, full-grown trees are being uprooted for a sort of prefab forest. The promise of a beautiful future is thus being realized through methods that strain the resources of both culture and nature.

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Biography

Yan Preston (China, 1976), now British, was born in Henan, China, lived for a long time in the county of Yorkshire, England, and worked for three years as an anaesthesiologist in Shanghai. When she returned to England in 2005 she began a new career as a photographer and visual artist. Her work has been shown in the National Portrait Gallery and York Art Gallery, among other places. She is presently working on a doctorate in photography at the University of Plymouth.

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Terra Cognita

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