2016 / Fine Art / Portrait

Peking apartments

  • Photographer
    Alexvi Li

The girls you can see in the photos are models temporarily living and working in Beijing. Most of them come from Eastern Europe or Russia. Their visa usually limits their stay in China for two or three months only. During this short period, they appear in commercial events, on runways and pose for shootings. Lots of businesses in China rely on their looks and beauty to convey their brand message of being fashionable, international and high-end.From fashion magazines to online stores, their hair and skin color, as well as their facial structures cater to the aesthetical standards in China right now. The girls come and go, one by one on a daily basis, yet amounting to thousands per year in beijing. After work they return to their apartments located around the East Fourth Ring Road outside the center of Beijing. In these crammed apartments, they share rooms and even beds.Usually 6-8 girls live in one apartment which have one living room and three bedrooms. The words and sketches they scrawl on the walls become another trace of their lives here, just like the images of their faces left behind long after leaving Beijing.