‘The Parallel World of ‘The Strangers’ aims to deconstruct the ancient fantasy narrative of “Shan-Hai-Jing” in a way that exposes modern conditions and reflects the cultural clues of our societies, by: Creating the junctions between wonderlands and the present environmental issues; and grounding the fantastical objects with technological graphics as a new context. In this process, I code the visual elements to highlight an original system, as a way of interpreting or translating the culture through this visual language. This was attempted to see how to re- create, re-discover the traditional Chinese culture through historical texts, as well as to see what value could be pointed out from visual to spiritual to the audience through this illustration.
Manqi joined the collective after working in communication design in Beijing, China. In A Parallel World of ‘The Strangers’ she focusses on illustrating Chinese visual culture, traditions and mythological literature. The project includes research on costume, folk stories, ink painting and calligraphy. Her exhibition work is inspired by Shan-Hai-Jing (Classic of Mountains and Seas), which aims to deconstruct the ancient fantasy narrative in a way that exposes modern conditions, and reflects the cultural clues of our societies.
One of the mythical characters from “Shan-Hai-Jing”-“Xiangliushi”
New “wonderland” - Habitat destruction
The “unhuman” human travel within history cross 2500 years. Reassembled clues from the versions of texts