"Bay Area Now 3" at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Vol. 33, Issue 10, Dec 2002 / Jan 2003.
by Marisa S. Olson


Thomas Chang's photos from Beijing take Vegas-style hyper-reality conversations global. In them we see the Great Wall re-created for a theme park the way The Strip is re-creating the neighboring Grand Canyon. Caricatures of "traditional" Chinese restaurants and gardens. The content of Chang's poignant documents reads more like momento mori to a bygone culture than self-homage they might hope to connote.