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Recycled

Montreal Premiere

The following images come from negatives salvaged from a recycling plant on the edge of Beijing, where they had been sent to be filtered for their silver nitrate content.Over the years French collector Thomas Sauvin built this archive of more than half a million 35mm negatives, depicting the capital and the life of her inhabitants over the last thirty years. From 2011 to 2012, Chinese artist Leilei selected over 3000 photos to create the animation you are about to see, an almost epic portrait of anonymous humanity.

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