-- Artist statement
The Alien Street has a dark, penetrating, and bacterial moss quality. It is different from the ordinary city parks like “People’s Park" or “Zhongshan Park” whose function is to maintain the power of the government, and it does not resemble the“Disneyland" or "Happy Valley" that is economically developed and consumed. Things unfold here in a kind of spontaneous primitive state. All kinds of contradictory, chaos, and non-coexisting things are juxtaposed together for no reason. This irrational, poor pragmatic plagiarism has created the magical and bizarre reality of The Alien Street. It's like a paradox , on the one hand, it is a monster spawned by the rapid development of the city, on the other hand, it presents characteristics that deviate from modern urban civilization.
On July 1, 2015, the first day I started filming “The Alien Street” project, I met Sun Zhiguo. He used to be a gang. After he got mad, he has been wandering on Alien Street, known as the "Emperor of Alien Street." I often wandered with Sun Zhiguo, and The Alien Street became more and more surreal in my mind, as if it was a projection of the cosmological model described in the Book of Mountains and Seas, which was another reflection of the ascension dream; and Sun Zhiguo became a shaman who communicates with heaven and earth. He travels in the Three Realms through heavenly ladder and heavenly pillar. Only he knows the way the way beyond the earth.
Hua Weicheng 华伟成 graduated from Communication University of China in 2007, with a master's degree in film. Visiting Scholar in 2017, Central Academy of Fine Arts. Current works mainly focuses on the situation of ordinary people under the multiple pressures of political power and capital logic in forms of photography, video, installation and documentary. Currently living in Chongqing.