A scene of a “nail house” in Xiancun at night

Unreal Estate and China’s Collective Unconscious

A scene of a “nail house” in Xiancun at night

Although most residents of Xiancun have vacated their homes after several years of confrontation with the government and the developer, many owners continue to hold out in their dilapidated homes, known as “nail houses,” hoping for better compensation and more desirable future housing arrangements. 

Xiancun, Guangdong 2013