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The many migrants who live and work in the Chinese capital without a residency permit are called ‘Beijing drifters.’ This collection of photographs by Yao Yao digs deep into their lives and reality. Most photos were taken in the Shuimo Community, located to the west of Tsinghua University and near subway station Zhongguancun. Many residences in Shuimo are self-built, crude, and closely stacked together. Yao Yao visually juxtaposed the shacks to Beijing’s skyscrapers, putting the migrants’ marginal lives in salient contrast.