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Two Chinese characters make up the name of Shanghai, 上 (shàng, "upon") and 海 (hǎi, "sea"), together they mean "Upon-the-Sea". In the process of modernisation to become one of the global financial centres, the Longtang communities of narrow interconnected passageways in this old city of Shanghai are fast being replaced with high-rise apartments and shopping malls. According to the statistics, today there are only an estimated 200,000 residents living in the remaining lanes, or less than 1% of the city’s population. These are dense neighborhoods, with many perpendicular branches running off a main artery. All kinds of people of different ages and social classes, live together in these interconnecting alleyways. The existence of public and shared spaces, such as the kitchens and courtyards, also mean that residents are always in contact with their neighbours. Thus, it has been said that there would be no Shanghai without these Longtang neighbourhoods. This project focuses on the last remaining and disappearing Longtang neighbourhoods, primarily in the Hongkou, Yangpu, and Huangpu districts of Shanghai.
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Based in: Singapore
Born and raised in Singapore, Zhou HanShun is a Photographic Artist and Art Director.
After graduating from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Singapore and RMIT University, he went on to make a living as an art director, and continues to pursue his passion as a visual storyteller and photographer.
He uses photography as a way to explore, investigate and document the culture and people in the cities he lived in.
HanShun has exhibited at the Mt. Rokko International Photography Festival (2019), KG+ Kyotographie Satellite Event (2018), Tumbas Cultural Center in Thessaloniki, Greece for Photoeidolo (2017), the Molekyl Gallery in Sweden, for the Malmo Fotobiennal (2017), the Gallery under Theater in Bratislava, Slovakia for The Month of Photography Bratislava(2017), the Czech China Contemporary Museum in Beijing for the SongZhuang International Photo Biennale(2017), the PhotoMetria "Parallel Voices" exhibition in Greece (2016), the Addis FotoFest in Ethiopia (2016), among others.
HanShun was awarded 3rd Prize at the Mt. Rokko International Photography Festival (2019), a Special Mention at the Balkan Photo Festival (2016), Shortlisted for the Hariban Award (2019, 2018 and 2017), and was a finalist of Photolucida Critical Mass (2016), among others.
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