Chen Quilin Installation

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Ian Stehbens on February 24, 2010

Artist Chen Quilin rescued this traditional dwelling from the demolition preceding the rising of the water impounded behind the Three Gorges Dam. The area to be inundated was the area of her roots.

Elemér NO VIEWS on February 24, 2010

Interesting, good photo!


bdeh on February 24, 2010

Nice picture Ian. Greetings Berend

Ian Stehbens on February 24, 2010

Thanks Elemér and Berend. Greetings,


jeff_msn123 on February 24, 2010

Interesting historical shot of Chinese culture.

Cheers, Jeff

Ian Stehbens on February 24, 2010

It is indeed, Jeff. Many a time I have wandered in and out of friends' homes just like this. I particularly recall being a guest at sumptuous meal in a home very much like this in Hubei. The warmth of hospitality was wonderful, though the air outside was freezing.

Warmest regards,


Amelia Royan on February 25, 2010

Chen Quilin is certainly doing her bit to keep the history of China alive, as you are Ian. Everything looks so basic, from the grinding stones to the dishes. Is that some sort of oven built into the structure in the right foreground? I am amazed that you had a sumptuous meal in such surroundings; but having just written this, perhaps I'm not. We have sumptuous kitchens, fully equipped with everything money can buy, and manage, just about, to pop a pizza into the microwave :))

Warm greetings, Amelia

Ian Stehbens on February 26, 2010

Art certainly takes many forms, Amelia, doesn't it?. It is expressed when we are tagging along on a beach walk, moulding with our hands, or rescuing significance from destruction. Without significance what would life be?

A PhD student has just contacted me to talk about the 'power of place' in people's lives because of the strength of protest that came from the people of my home valley when confronted by the possibility of a large dam and ensuing disruption, change, loss and displacement for some.

In responding to him, I will have Chen Quilin in my mind.

Late last year, that dam proposal was vetoed by the Federal Minister for Environment. So there are some valuable lessons that may be learnt. I look forward to my own encounter and artistic response to the issue.

And on the matter of sumptuous, I muse that maybe generosity, hospitality and sacrifice may exceed wealthy provision. Those of us who have the abundance are always challenged, or at least I am, when encountered by such sacrificial hospitality.

Perhaps that is why these images mean so much to me.

Thanks you indeed for your thoughtful and gracious appreciation of this image and of Quilin's contribution.


Juan Pastor on March 1, 2010

BEautiful composition, Ian. Interesting colors and textures.

Greetings, Juan.

Ian Stehbens on March 2, 2010

Thanks for the affirmation and encouragement, Juan. The entire neighbourhood of this home was to be demolished, but the artist Chen Qilin has saved it and reassembled it as an art exhibit. It is her mild protest against the dislocation of many people.

Warm regards,


ozmopanoramio on March 3, 2010

Another masterpiece from you Ian.Greetings

*goran on March 3, 2010

Amazing colors!

Ian Stehbens on March 3, 2010

Thank you ozmo, I am pleased and grateful. I think it is special so it is great to share it with you.

I am pleased that you appreciate the colours, Goran, for I have altered them a bit - you will see that I have tagged it as 'art'. It is a genuine photo but I wanted to express in colour what I felt about this house - which was condemed for demolition by the building of a dam.

I intend to print this, one day.

Warmest regards,


tukki on March 4, 2010

A wonderfully authentic scene full of wonderful tones and textures. FRED

Ian Stehbens on March 4, 2010

What a privilege it is to share it with you, Fred. Thanks, Ian

Marilyn Whiteley on May 24, 2010

Thanks to Chen Quilin for the rescue and to you, Ian, for sharing it with us.

Ian Stehbens on May 25, 2010

Having just returned from your voyage through the Three Gorges, Marilyn, I am sure this is a very significant rescue as well as image for you. I am yet to spend time with your images (having seen only the first couple that were uploaded), but that will certainly happen. How I would like to sit with you over coffee and hear all your reflections.

Sincere regards,


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