Peng Xiangjie


Billet de Marine Cabos-Brullé (SOAS, associée CECMC), publié sur son site Photography of China. Il est consacré à une série de photos de l’artiste Peng Xiangjie 彭祥杰.

Wandering Tent

— Written by Monica Dematté

Peng Xiangjie 彭祥杰 is maybe the thinnest person I ever met in my life. Touching his shoulder one has the feeling to put the hand directly on a piece of iron – not even the skin seems to exist. This is not the result of a deliberate diet, though: he is always chewing something and does not restrict in any way his access to food. When asked whether he had always been like that, he told me a story of when he was young, and one day got a ride on a truck heading back to Xi’an from the countryside. The truck driver deliberately took advantage of a pause to let him behind, and he had to spend the night walking and shivering along the road on a mountain, panicking all alone. When he finally got home, he fell sick and lost weight, and never really recovered after that experience.

Earlier on, when he was still a small boy, he run away from his parents’ house, who had moved to Sha’anxi from Dongbei, and went back by himself to his grandfather house, managing very adventurously to find it. To do so, he learned to lead the life of a homeless child, surviving with the little food he could steal or earn collecting all sorts of things, and he then got experienced in using the many little tricks one needs in these critical situations. When he got to Dongbei he was sent back home, and apparently never repeated the experience again.

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Monique Abud

Centre d'études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine, EHESS, Paris, France

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Monique Abud

Centre d'études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine, EHESS, Paris, France

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