Gareth Fuller is an artist and explorer. His work acts as a layered gaze into the identity of urban and rural places, transcribing their personal, geographical, and social meanings into what he calls ‘maps of the mind’. The results of these transcriptions are vast and intricate hand-drawn compositions – a series of visual portraits that express his personal and purposeful wanderings.
Emily Hahn, an American journalist and writer, led an adventurous life. Remembered here by a typewriter on the Bund, where she worked for the North China Daily News. The female gender symbol represents her commitment to feminism, and her pet gibbon, which accompanied her to Shanghai’s high society parties, is swinging from the building’s roof.
This detail shows the headquarters of Chinese Central Television, a building that resembles a pair of trousers. To the right, it includes Citic Tower, known locally as China Zun - Zun meaning a type of ceremonial Chinese wine chalice, thus the image of the wine bottle, with glasses at its base.
There are many legends surrounding the village of Harman’s Cross and its name. One tells of a man named Harman – a murderer hung at the crossroads. Why a village would be named after a murderer’s execution remains a mystery.