let a hundred starbucks blossom
Book of black and white photographs, published by Coachhouse Press in a signed edition of 500 (27 pages, 10.5 x 13.5cm)
Since the 1980s when Deng Xiaoping said, “to be rich is glorious,” China has been trying to reconcile the communist principles on which the People’s Republic was founded and its escalating acceptance of capitalism. This paradox is explored in a collection of twenty-three photographs of Hong Kong youth in Mong Kok, a popular street market in Kowloon. Each participant holds a sign bearing a phrase from the 1966 Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung. By changing one or two words, the quotes have all been subverted to support capitalism instead of communism, forming a Little Red Book for twenty-first century China.