December 8, 2010
The earlier post on Deep Sleep magazine looked at Issue One. The issue of this new online project that I found most interesting was Issue 4 entitled Memory. It was the work of Ian Teh that caught my eye.
Ian Teh, A mural in a polluted village depicts a famous Chinese waterfall, Linfen, China, Tainted Landscapes 2, China: Undercurrents
He is a member of the VU Agency and a central strand of his work is photographing the social, political and environmental issues and has made China a key focus of his current documentary work. This is explored in the series China Undercurrents.
Linfen, which lies in the heart of 12 mile industrial belt, is fueled by dirty, inefficient coal-fired plants and is one of the most polluted cites in China. It is enveloped by thick smog and is one of the worlds most contaminated spaces.
Ian Teh, Tar refinery plant, Linfen, China.
It is the high cost of China's breakneck economic growth that comes to the fore in this work; breakneck growth to lift the population from poverty. The unsustainable nature of red-hot economic growth has led to new policies to bring pollution (air and river contamination) under control, protect the environment and to switch to new, low-carbon, energy sources.
China Undercurrents” has been published in a photo-book by Timezone 8.