The Dwarf Empire
In southern China, near Kunming -the city of eternal spring- exists a theme park that is home to 70 little people. The inhabitants present a song-and-dance show twice a day. This promised land was founded by a tall, rich man who was determined to 'do something good' for the little people. Chinese charity dressed in commercial attire. The façade of this empire, with its walls of synthetic material, permanently seems on the verge of collapse. Nevertheless, the empire holds its ground.
I embarked on an adventure with a handful of ethical questions about commercializing social care. Every story has two sides but in this place every question and every answer seemed contradictory.
My adventure ended up as a modern (anti)fairytale, a collection of images of my making, and theirs. My own trick forced upon myself.
Sanne de Wilde
Born in Antwerp (Belgium) on the 15th of April 1987.
Graduated as Master of Fine Arts, Photography a KASK (Royal Academy of Fine Arts) in Ghent with great honours, June 2012.
Currently working as freelancer for ‘De Volkskrant’ and living in Amsterdam, Netherlands.