In these seemingly peaceful landscapes by Yao Lu, the artist delivers a poignant message about the alarmingly nonchalant proliferation of garbage and waste that has overtaken parts of China. Although Lu's photographs resemble the traditional watercolor landscapes that have become synonymous with Chinese art, the images are of enormous landfills that plague the forgotten countryside, where the environmental havoc of urban sprawl has been left to fester. As China has only recently admitted the existence of its many cancer villages, the country faces one of the most dangerous and far-reaching environmental epidemics in the world.

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