…is a photographic exhibition which captures the friendly and seemingly carefree nature of people living under the veil of a Communist regime.
Chengdu, the capital of China’s southwest Sichuan Province, boasts a population of over 11 million people. Its history dates back to at least the 4th century B.C, when it served as the capital for the Shu Kingdom. Chengdu’s famed for being the home of the cute giant panda bears and known for its hot and spicy food.
Journalist, Liz Deep-Jones was inspired by the warm character of the locals while filming stories for the SBS Mandarin News & Current Affairs program she was producing. “I was struck by the vitality and friendliness of the people I met. They surprised me with their outgoing nature and curiosity about Australia.”
The vibrant images of this exhibition unearth the heartfelt nature of the people who bring the streets alive with their friendly smiles and happy veneer.
My Chengdu shares the many faces of a people striving to live comfortably under a regime which governs with tight control. It’s a place with a fascinating history, smeared in mystery and mixed with the beat of a thriving modern city.
This photographic exhibition aims to share the warmth of an intriguing race of people living in a harsh reality where freedom is a distant fantasy and democracy a far off dream.
Photographer / Journalist – Liz Deep-Jones
Technical Specialist – Evan Christie