stills from videos 视频截图
Water Album, video installation (2011)
Ma Yuan’s Water Album built an archive for water. Based on the difference in direction, speed, quantity and weather, he captured twelve portraits of the water. According to his catalogue, I’ve been searching for water with the similar status along Chicago River. Originally, Chicago River flew from west to east, from urban area to Lake Michigan. In the late 1800s, the river was badly polluted, and in order to prevent the pollution from expanding, Chicago government decided to reverse the flow of Chicago River. And this project , almost like a greek myth, succeeded, and the river is flowing in the opposite direction, from the east to the west.