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OF URBANISM\ARCHITECTURE IN THE WORLD
Things would turn nails once they happened. 2007

蒋志 / 北京,中国

Jiang Zhi  / Beijing, China


In March of 2007, a dilapidated red brick duplex suddenly became a well known spot.The duplex was more than 20 meters high with base-standing isolated in a lone pillar in a 10,000square meters wide and 17 meters deep pit. Supply of water, electricity and gas was cut-off by the real estate company, and there was no path to access the building at all. Its isolation made it appear like a monument.The plight of the duplex brought strong visual impacts when its pictures were circulated on the websites, and they soon garnered attention and support from international media and the local community. People called it the most stubborn nail house in history. Meanwhile, it was considered as a representative case of the Property Rights Law in China, providing a case study of memory operating between the historical context of the past and the future. In late March 2007, just a few days before the "the most stubborn nail house" f inally being dismantled, Artist Jiang Zhi created a theatrical and magical scene. by setting up an intense spotlight from the top of a high-rise building nearby at night. The light was projected on the duplex in the darkness-accentuating the prominence of the building just as the main character of a play being lit up by the theatre spotlight. Jiang Zhi's photograph "Things would turn nails once they happened is one part of his Light series, which goes beyond conventional photo-documentation, but rather is a recording of a conceptual performance by the artist. The nail house symbolized the insistence of people fighting for property rights, glorified by the artificial spotlight.

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