Fragmented forest describes a former rainforest that is cut
down in a manner that leaves behind small, isolated patches of forest.
These small "islands" become sites for ecological research
on biodiversity, they become park for leisure, or they become
rubber tree plantations. Filmed
in Xishuangbanna in the Southeast of China on the border to Laos and Mynarmar,
a tree was worshiped by the
inhabitants and the
visitors (plantation workers,
farmers, lumberjacks, cleaners, tourists, ecologists) alike.
Testing a "speculative" camera, it stays unclear what is
at issue: the plants, the light, the shadow and the plastic pieces
tree become inseparabel. Every image becomes a thing and the things
many thanks to: Zhou Hongxiang, and Zhang Li