Bird Walking

During the Qing dynasty (1644-1912), Bird Walking was regarded as a leisure activity specifically for the old gentry class, often associated with the corrupted Qing government that’s manipulated by greater western powers. Although once banned during the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) it has now developed into something that is much loved by retired working-class men, especially in the city of Beijing. This project saw ironic similarity between the caged animals and their keepers and how our social conditioning affects the way we interact with traditional culture and customs. As time goes on, the animal trapped in the cage almost remained so still, witnessing the rapid change of power dynamic among the classes in China. This is an ongoing body of work which will develop into a closer and more in-depth portrait of the bird keeper’s life and the landscape of the city.