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WHERE I WORK

Guan Wei

by MICHAEL YOUNG

GUAN WEI at his studio in Gequ village, Beijing, 2011, weeks before its demolition by the authorities. Photograph by Wenjei Cheng.

Guan Wei’s studio is an old, converted carpentry factory in a walled compound located in Gequ village, a beautiful agricultural suburb some 30 kilometers north of central Beijing.

The enclave contains a private orchard of pear, peach and clementine trees as well as extensive living quarters that until recently were home to a dozen or more workers. There is more than enough wall space on which…

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