Xiaoxiao Xu’s AERONAUTICS IN THE BACKYARD is now part of the Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive

Title: Aeronautics In the Backyard

Photographer/s: Xiaoxiao Xu

Place of publication: Breda, Netherlands

Year of publication:  2016

Publisher: The Eriskay Connection

Dimensions of book : 300mm x 210 mm

Edition size: 500

Binding, paper & printing details: Soft cover,  patist binding, colour and b&w offset prints on uncoated paper.

Number of pages:  160

Number of pictures: 94 pictures and illustrations

Designer: Rob van Hoesel & Carel Fransen

Editor: Rosie Heinrich

Printer:  NPN Printers

ISBN: 978-94-92051-19-6

Retail price: €35

Where to buy: ‘The Eriskay Connection’, ‘Idea Books’, ‘Kinokuniya Bookshop’, ‘Perimeter Books’, ‘Metropolis’, ‘Queensland Art Gallery’

Link/s to existing book reviews: ‘Conscientious Photo Magazine’ & ‘Urbanautica- Vienna photobook Festival’

Summary of project (150 wds):

Aeronautics in the Backyard is a mythical, fairytale-like photo series about the dream of flying, freedom and creativity.

All over the country in China, in the most unexpected of places, farmers rise up to build their own aircrafts. They don’t work in fancy hangars with all the equipment one could wish for, they simply play around in their backyards, recycling scrap metal and using household tools. They are self-educated, self-employed and penniless.

Some of these aeronauts have worked for decades but never achieved to get airborne. Although that might sound like a waste of time, they see it differently. For them, the game is not about how far or high they can fly, it’s about pushing their boundaries in order to achieve the impossible. They call it real-life science-fiction.

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