Sony World Photography Awards Travelling Exhibition: To the South of the Colourful Clouds

Yan Wang Preston (Photographer)

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition


The Sony World Photography Awards travels extensively each year, giving photographers even more exposure in a multitude of different countries. Exhibitions in the past have visited (among other places) New York, Milan, Paris, Berlin, Liverpool, Moscow, and Rio de Janeiro.
The series depicts the otherworldly “ecology recovery” landscape in Haidong Development Zone in Dali, Yunnan Province, China. Here, a small rural area is being urbanised systematically to create “an international leisure town and an ecology model town.” In doing so, the topsoil of the entire area is replaced by a type of red, semi-artificial soil, which forms the base for introduced, mostly non-indigenous plants, including thousands of mature trees. Meanwhile, green plastic netting is used to cover everything unappealing to the eye, from construction waste to disused quarries. The town’s objective here has shifted from an “ecological” concern to a cosmetic one of trying to be visually green. The images are part of an eight-year project “Forest” (2010-2017), for which the photographer investigates the politics of recreating forests and “natural” environments in new Chinese cities.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 13 Sep 2019
EventThe 2019 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition - Villa Reale di Monza, Monza, Italy
Duration: 13 Sep 20193 Nov 2019


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  • Forest

    Preston, Y. W., May 2018, Berlin: Hatje Cantz. 128 p.

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