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In June 2006 the Chinese authorities set up the ‘Illegal Street Advertisement Office’ to deal with the prolific use ‘xiao guang gao’ (small adverts) that are found on walls in every major city in China as a result of the shift in population and economy.

The most basic of these illegal adverts is mobile telephone numbers painted on walls with paint or spray can and are mainly for the provision of fake documents (marriage certificates, residency permits) to immigrants from provinces outside the city.

It is illegal to leave these numbers visible on walls and in an ever-changing palimpsest they are quickly censored with whatever is at hand; ends of colour paint, cement or plaster.

These unique abstract images, with references to well know art work, question the seemingly random nature of a process, one that is driven by needs and desires of a certain section of it's population, namely rural manual labourers, and the efforts of the state to restrict their movement.

Jiuxianqiao Yellow #1
Jiuxianqiao Orange #1
Jiuxianqiao Yellow #2
Dongsi Blue #3
Dongsi Blue #1
Dongsi Blue #2
Maizidian Orange #6
Maizidian Orange #1
Maizidian Orange #3
Dongsi Blue #6
Dongsi Blue #4
Dongsi Blue #7
Landao Circles #3
Landao Circles #5
Landao Circles #4
Landao Circles
Landao Circles (White)
Landao Circles (White) #3
Landao Circles (White) #9
Landao Circles (White) #1
Jiuxianqiao Yellow Sky
Jiuxianqiao Grey #3
Jiuxianqiao Red #1
Jiuxianqiao Red #2
Jiuxianqiao Red #3
Jiuxianqiao Wilderness
Jiuxianqiao Shan
Dashanzi Grey #4
Dashanzi Grey #1
Dashanzi Grey #6
Landao Colour #16
Landao Box #1
Landao Colour #15
Jiuxianqiao Burgundy #3
Jiuxianqiao Burgundy #1
Jiuxianqiao Burgundy #2
Dongzhimen Cloud
Wang Jing Sky 632C
Beisanhuan Dong Lu #2
Jiuxianqiao Grey #4
Jiuxianqiao Grey #3
Jiuxianqiao Grey #5
Wang Jing Box #2
Wang Jing Box #1

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