The Yiwu Project
Supported by Westheavens
The Yiwu Project was initiated by West Heavens, an integrated cross-cultural exchange program between India and China with the aim to foster intellectual and artistic dialogue.
Located about two hours from Shanghai, Yiwu is world's largest market for small commodities, making it a significant trading hub. Yiwu International Trade City, also known as the Yiwu Market, is a sprawling complex covering millions of square meters with over 75,000 shops and stalls. Beyond its commercial significance, Yiwu has also become an essential node in China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which aims to strengthen trade and connectivity between Asia, Europe, and Africa. As part of the BRI, Yiwu plays a crucial role in facilitating cross-border trade and promoting economic cooperation.
While conventional accounts mainly focus on manufacturing, markets, and trade networks along the New Silk Road, the Yiwu Project sought to approach the city from a fresh perspective and imagine it as a place to think from, not just think about.
The project yielded, several short videos and photographic work.