"RMB CITY 7" (2007)

"RMB CITY 7," 2007
Digital C-print, 47 1/5 x 63 inches
© Cao Fei
Courtesy the artist and Lombard-Freid Projects, New York

"One of my collaborators saw an ancient Chinese painting at a Guggenheim exhibition. It was a painting from the Han Dynasty, a simple brush painting with rivers and mountains and a little hut on the hilltop. I observed that RMB City was in many ways like that particular painting. I wondered why a digital city of today would share traits with the depiction of an ancient Chinese city, the hills, the mists and clouds, the people, the skyline above, and the earth below."

-Cao Fei