Lilong is a low-rise housing pattern, typical of Shanghai. Characterized by a strong sense of neighbourhood and cohesiveness, this typology of estate, made of two or more blocks of flats with an inner courtyard, has been the prevalent choice of Shanghai inhabitants until 1949. But today, as the city's urban restyling is in full force, the Lilong is quickly disappearing forcing its inhabitants to use public parks for daily physical exercise, variations on Thai Chi and traditional singing.
As these social activities are performed mainly by elderly people, parks become also stages for fragmented “solo” performances.
The video LILONG is a peculiar collection of individual portraits, of ambiguous repetitive gestures, shadowed by images of high-rise buildings and bird’s eye views of playgrounds. Whether or not these images are a realist representation of an individual workout, at the same time, they suggest a sense of loss and isolation, confinement and detachment.
Produced in residency at China Academy of Art in Hangzhou.