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Ma Qiusha

Cutting Through Histories

By Tom Mouna

FROM NO. 4 PINGYUANLI TO NO. 4 TIANQIAOBEILI2007, single-channel video with color and sound: 7 min 54 sec.

All images courtesy the artist and Beijing Commune.

Beijing traffic flows around six concentric ring roads. Demarcating the megacity and carrying its infamous traffic, these quadrilateral highways are in many ways markers of growth. Much like the layers of a tree trunk, Beijing’s rings have expanded with age as the city’s population has surged, and the need for living space has increased.

Although Ma…

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