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Zoom Poster - Megacities, Shanghai

Poster - Megacities, Shanghai



This poster featuring a photograph by Chen Ronghui from the Megacities Project has been made in celebration of NGV Triennial 2023.

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Printed on luxury 200gsm Gloss Art with Gloss Varnish
Standard A2 in size measuring 59.4 x 42 cm
Exclusive to NGV design store

About the artwork

‘As an immigrant in a Chinese city, I face the problem of ‘hukou’. Although I work and pay taxes in Shanghai, I have no way to get the same treatment as the locals. Such classic Chinese conundrums trouble me as they trouble countless other Chinese people working here. At the same time, the city has allowed us to stay in a very accommodating way. In this project, I focus on those who live near the subway terminal. They live on the fringes of the city and then go to the centre of the city to work and look for opportunities. The subway terminal is farther and farther away from the city, and migrants live in the land of in-between. This is a very special experience. People can’t go back to the countryside, and they can’t integrate into the city. They can only struggle in this land.’

Chen Ronghui is a Chinese photographer and storyteller based in Shanghai, whose work focuses on China’s urbanisation. He has devoted himself to the study of the relationship between China’s expansive urban environments and individuals’ experiences. His projects have brought him many awards, including the World Press Photo prize, Three Shadows Photography Award, ALPA special prize and Hou Dengke Documentary Photography Award. Outside of his own professional practice, Chen also acts as the head of the visual department for Sixth Tone, which is a local Shanghai English-language digital publication.​ His work is held in the collections of the Shanghai Center of Photography; Light Society, Beijing; China Port Museum, Ningbo; and Photography Museum of Lishui.​

Chen Ronghui, Modern Shanghai series, 2023

Poster - Megacities, Shanghai



Megacities is an ambitious project bringing the creative vision of ten leading street photographers into dialogue with the urban environment of ten global megacities – cities with a population of more than 10 million people.

With origins in the 1930s, and the advent of 35-millimetre film and handheld cameras, street photography came into its own as photographers became able to move freely and unobtrusively while taking photographs. The result was a dynamic genre of photography centred on the built environment and the behaviour, activity and experiences of urban populations. Street photography extends the descriptive and didactic capacities of photography to the realm of creative, interactive engagement and reflection, and in this project, offers a contemporary account of how we live.

The work of the ten photographers will feature in a dynamic, immersive environment, presenting a thought-provoking vision of the twenty-first century urban phenomenon – the megacity.

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