Art Stories with a hole in it 热风 Julie Curates China

For me, memories are like ex-lovers. We part ways and it’s OK.

Waking up this morning, I felt like I sort of missed the 80’s. At the time, we didn’t know we were having fun anticipating a big storm on the horizon. Looking back, I could feel there was a huge shift in the our daily life. In the ’80s, I saw the Chinese people garnered wealth quietly while the rest of the world watched Dallas and Dynasty. Slowly but determinedly, the entire society I lived in was pulled into a new time. China discovered capitalism, and all of a sudden, everything came into focus –
 
Here is a series of pictures that tells a story, plus a contemporary pop song that’s styled to remember the life from that time period.
 
What are your memories from the 80’s?   
 
 
I bought my first pair of jeans at this age
Hitachi color TV

  

Cigarette for everybody!
TV, bicycle and sewing machine: Look, I’m a rich girl!
Color photo print service
Shoe repair
An old timer blue car

 

Aunties from the market
A stylish interior
Once upon a time in the East
 

julie 超辣

Determined dreamer. Published author in English, Dutch, and Chinese. Former People’s Liberation Army (PLA) captain turned artist entrepreneur and screenwriter. She survived the Cultural Revolution as a baby. In the 1990’s she left for London and has lived and worked in free exile ever since. Her work covers a wide spectrum. As journalist, she creates content covering a range of topics on contemporary China from an insider perspective. In 2008, during the Beijing Olympics, she hosted a 5-episode talk show TV China for Netherlands’ national broadcaster and discussed China’s media landscape with media stars and experts from both China and the Netherlands. From 2013-2016 she was the Editor-in-Chief of the English/Chinese bilingual magazine XiN 新, focusing on today’s China shaped by consumerism. O’yang contributes a weekly column to Hoje Macau on contemporary Chinese art and culture. Her English language book titles include: Butterfly, a historical crime love story set in the Second World War. Since May 2016 O'yang has been collaborating with Flemish photographer Filip Naudts on an art project, which has resulted in the photo novel The Picture of Dorya Glenn. Julie works from the Netherlands and Denmark.

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