Urban lives leave different memories for individuals, not only for local citizens, but also for foreign visitors. The emer- gence of cities symbolises national power and economic growth which is itself part of a collective creation. The thou- sands of thumb prints on this work represent such a collective memory. Chen’s painting technique (using fingerprints to emulate digital photography) is almost pixel-like, symbolising the meshing of people’s lives and the landscape.

 

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