Forum: Nourishment 颐


A New Cultural Ecology?

by Olivier Krischer

A number of Chinese artists and academics are seeking the answers to a suite of related environmental issues, including overzealous urbanisation, food safety, sustainable development, and cultural heritage preservation, in a renewed engagement with the Chinese countryside. Since the mid-2000s in particular, this new ‘ruralist movement’ 农村运动, has sparked over two hundred initiatives in the field of rural reconstruction, or literally, ‘village construction’ 乡村建设 (sometimes abbreviated as 乡建).