Title: The Reconstruction of Rural Place Through Paper-cutting Art: A Case Study of a “Paper-cutting Village” in Fujian Province, China
Stream: Arts Practices
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation
Wenxia Jia, Fujian jiangxia University, China and University of Wales Trinity Saint David, United Kingdom
Xuelingwei is a village in Zhe Rong County, Ningde City, Fujian Province, China, which is renowned as the "paper-cutting village." The village can be regarded as a "overall space" from a spatial sociological perspective. In my research, I examined the spatial practises of the paper-cutting village of Xuelingwei based on participant observation and interviews with local paper-cutting inheritors, practitioners, villagers, government staff, and tourists. I found out that through the cultural practise of paper-cutting folk art, Xuelingwei village is endowed with multiple spatial connotations. In the process of spatial socialisation, the art of paper-cutting is gradually integrated into the villagers' daily lives, and the village space is continuously enlarged, altered, depicted, and reproduced based on the perception, selection, and active practise of various spatial mechanisms. Through activities such as rural paper-cutting art galleries, workshops, paper-cutting education for villagers, paper-cutting experiences and souvenirs for tourists, paper-cutting art promotes the construction of the relationship between people and rural space, becoming a new way to investigate the reproduction of rural space and a useful effort to revive traditional folk art.
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