May 31st, 2012

[Mulan]

Street Art- and Graffiti-Filled Vacant Lots in Shanghai

I recently went on a trip to Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong to explore the Chinese art scene. What I really loved in Shanghai was wandering beyond the Moganshan Road art district (a complex of old warehouses and industrial buildings converted into art galleries and studios) and losing myself in graffiti, whether it coiled along a wall or punctuated a vast expanse of vacant lots populated by squatter homes, roosters parading in and out of garbage piles, and urban ruins long forsaken, crumbling, simultaneously weighed down by time and held up by color, by paint, suspended in a silently beautiful balancing act.

Here are some photos from those street art- and graffiti-filled vacant lots and abandoned buildings.

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(More photos on Flickr and my blog)