钉子 The Nail 2007
In March 2007, a two storey red brick building in Yangjiaping in Chongqing suddenly became famous. A run down building measuring approximately twenty meters located in a ten thousand square metre, 17-metre deep pit. A real estate developer cut off the water, electricity and gas in the building, and also did away with an exit. It stood alone as a monument. A scene like this is visually compelling; photographs were posted on the internet and caused a tremendous stir. It gained the support of countless citizens and caught the attention of the international media. It was labelled as the most “Acclaimed Nail Household in History.” The reason it caught people’s attention was its exemplary function in the contexts of past and future; it will be remembered as an epic model in the history of property law in China. This is how the “Nail Household” sturdily hammered itself into the history of Chinese urbanization. By the end of March 2007, a few days before this most “Acclaimed Nail Household in History” was demolished, Jiang Zhi rushed to the site with his camera and other equipments, mingling with the onlookers and the media, overwhelmed and squeezed in the crowd. The documentary Nail shows all sorts of energies emitting.