Ongoing project since 2018. A visual investigation about a polarised and socially-insulated southern Mekong area (Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia) under a surreal urbanisation backdrop.
The visual fabric of the southern Mekong area is an alternation of familiarity and alienation. As someone who experienced the early 2000s economy frenzy in Shanghai, I feel certain nostalgia and theatricality wrapped in these conflicting scenes between sprawling suburbia and crumbling countryside. After weeks of scouting from the surrounding area, I collected images that resonated most with my childhood and concerned me most with the uncanny urban culture. The more I gaze at these places, the more fascination grows towards this confrontation with a reality far from the one I once fantasised about.
Yijiang Wu (b.1992) is a documentary photographer based in Shanghai. His photography approach is a spontaneous reaction to the ordinary – capturing unconventional nuance in its everyday environment. He currently works on his ongoing personal work.
© text and pictures by Yijiang Wu