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On the occasion of the first edition of the Baitasi Remade project for BJDW 2015, Beijing-based photographer Eric Gregory Powell was commissioned a series of portraits of the area. Residing in the Split House of architect Hua Li – that was not finished yet – for 4 days, EG Powell eventually produced an enigmatic set of black and white images as testimony of the tranquil and timeless environmental dimension of this unspoiled urban neighbourhood. This body of work collects intimate vistas of semi-private yards, alleys and seemingly inconspicuous impressions of the hutong scape. Devoid of human presence and suggesting an equivocal sense of anonymity, their sombreness lies instead in treasuring imprints of visual memory that have rapidly faded from collective life over the past years, as hutong districts across Beijing have been irreversibly besieged by incongruous urban planning. The images are presented as part of the main exhibition inside The Global School, as archival troves that will be essential in the process of studying the development of Baitasi.

Eric Gregory Powell

Sept. 23rd – Oct. 7th

The Global School /
Marketplace /
52 Gongmenkou Dongcha

Eric Powell