Shanghai Sacred uncovers the multilayered identities, spaces, beliefs and practices inscribed on the map of a metropolis that sees itself as the cradle of Chinese ‘modernity’, an international financial center and a hub of cultural and religious diversity.
Between 2013-16 I have been based in Shanghai as a visiting scholar of the Shanghai Academy of social Sciences. My writings and photography intimately document the creativity of both locals and outsiders, when creating ‘sacred space’ in a constantly changing urban context and social environment. This project is undertaken in collaboration with Professor Benoit Vermander of the Xu-Ricci Dialogue Center at Fudan University. It will be published as a book in 2017.