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Ninghe Shanty

Young master of the yard. Photo by  the author
Young master of the yard. Photo by the author

A silent sound of a tape chanting the mantra 0m mani padme hum, the splashes of non-stop dishwashing and cooking downstairs, distant sounds of street stalls...

The people in the Walled City are very kind. The families who have lane 82 as their home, shared their cozy courtyard with us strangers. As most of these, it is a laid back paradise, located next to a once very noisy street. Now the bell is tolling to the whole area and their paradise will be replaced by a tiny suburban apartment. New neighbors over there will not have memories to share, memories that go back generations. A hundred years of cooking, washing dishes, fighting, playing májiàng, and building a four-story house out of cardboard, plastic, metal, textile...

"Uuduh, they came to uuduh," is heard downstairs spoken in Shanghainese. Sketching, these young people didn't come to buy the house, is explained to the 94-year-old matron of the yard.  We will carry on the memory of the paradise — them in their scattered suburban apartments and us in our heads wherever we go in the world. Meanwhile the wealthy will be shopping their heads off in the future world class malls that will be built here instead.
Artist: Jose Corno
Artist: Jose Corno
Artist: Jose Corno
Artist: Jose Corno
Artist: ssm's cheesecake
Artist: ssm's cheesecake
Artist: ssm's cheesecake. Look deep into the drawing — is everyone leaving with sunshine on their face??
Artist: ssm's cheesecake. Look deep into the drawing — is everyone leaving with sunshine on their face??
Artist: Arlyna So
Artist: Arlyna So
Artist: Arlyna So
Artist: Arlyna So
Artist: Arlyna So
Artist: Arlyna So
Artist: Tõnis Kimmel
Artist: Tõnis Kimmel


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