Anthony Reed 


ORDOS

“Deserts possess a particular magic, since they have exhausted their own futures, and are thus free of time. Anything erected there, a city, a pyramid, a motel, stands outside time.“

― J.G. Ballard, The Atrocity Exhibition


A photographic series by Anthony Reed 

Remnants of failed developments still litter the arid outskirts of Ordos. Abandoned projects in the desert, incomplete concrete structures slowly retaken by the harsh environment, manifestations of both economic and environmental volatility. Contemporary art museums, 80,000 seater stadiums, brand new hospitals all sit vacant as if silently waiting for a future world to materialise around them. It is alienating to experience these ‘not yet abandoned but not yet inhabited’ corners of the city. An unworldly environment reminiscent of a post apocalyptic film set rather than a real place.

March, 2021