“Desperately intoxicated. Waking from a dream, in the face of reality—or continuing to sink. All around China, the young generation is avoiding the question of how to live and instead finding themselves glued to the nearest internet cafe. They are not interested in learning or growing themselves—only with the existence of their virtual selves.

“My work is made in a small city that shows the country’s realistic daily life. Even some excellent young people from this area—longing for the opportunities of big city life—will find themselves blocked in their careers and thus rooted to this small town. Escapism, then, becomes an obvious route.”

Escapism—a particularly troublesome position to take in China, a country in which family life is so strong and binding. While not obvious from the pictures themselves, this social context helps us understand the invisible emotional poignancy of these alienated individuals..