From June 19, 2010 to July 18, 2010, Three Shadows hosted Me in My Surroundings – 80, 90, 2000, an exhibition of Mo Yi's photography. The exhibition reﬂects Mo Yi's attitudes and feelings towards the city in a group of black-and-white photographs.
Mo Yi said, "In nearly thirty years of creation, I have always confronted the big city, taking it to heart. I deﬁnitely have an emotional tie to the city. The city has already become my longtime subject and photography has always been for me the most appropriate language and way of speaking about this subject.
The three parts of this exhibition are merely a small portion of my works about the city, but they deal with different points in the 1980s, the 1990s, and 2000s. What's fascinating is that despite this sort of great span between the periods, the three works nevertheless exude some kind of identical flavor, and that is a curiosity, amazement, apprehension, and happiness about the city. By coincidence, this is the moment that China began to reform its political system and to urbanize, the whole process of upsurge and development—so, is my ﬂesh and blood as well as my spirit and work today also a part of this process? Me in My Surroundings is about is my state in the city, my feelings and attitudes."