200 RMB is an installation work which pictorially depicts the narrative of a shepherd whose struggle to maintain a livelihood comes into direct conflict with anti-desertification initiatives that have transformed traditional pasture lands into defensive wall plantations to hold back the desert.

The work is a sculptural documentation of a staged performance, in which the shepherds of the region reenacted a situation of bribery in front of the camera, creating  images that are then transformed into sculptures. Materially the work appropriates the narrativization of Hongsibu’s recent history and its naturalization through carvings on marble balustrades lining the artificial lake in the recently urbanized districts of the city.

Originally exhibited at Tides of Sand and Steel at Si Shang Art Museum, in collaboration with ADL. 

Rouzbeh Akhbari -
Rouzbeh Akhbari -
Rouzbeh Akhbari -
Rouzbeh Akhbari -
Rouzbeh Akhbari -
Rouzbeh Akhbari -
Rouzbeh Akhbari -
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