Hu Yang's Shanghai Living is a work of great empathy. Pain and poetry, dreams and disappointments, the rich and the poor, are framed in photographs and snippets of text that are both social documents and mixed media literature.
All images portray one or more people in their homes. In each text the person being photographed expresses a brief summary of their condition. Hope and happiness. Struggles and sadness. Taken together they form an amazing tapistry of intricate connections and dickensian differences.
The old and the new is atemporally present. The clutter collected as artifacts of a personal archaeology, the designed emptiness that is filled with ambition, the eternal TV set that transcends class and generations.