We’ve highlighted mini-documentaries on the plight of migrant workers before, but there can’t be enough said about these 200 million generally faceless people who have borne the burden of China’s economic boom on their backs.
This project, stunningly photographed by Sharron Lovell and produced by David Campbell, follows the lives of three families of Chinese migrants and their struggles to have any kind of rights in a city notoriously tight with their hukous.
It is part of a bigger project, called “Viewing Restricted: (Re)presenting Poverty,” that is set to exhibit in London. From a description we were given of the exhibit:
Viewing Restricted: (Re)presenting Poverty, a major new exhibition which sets out to explore different notions, representations and manifestations of ‘poverty’ within a global context. The exhibition features newly commissioned work in film and photography by five artists who examine poverty in its many guises. The participating artists are: Jessica Dimmock (New York), Mishka Henner (London), Sharron Lovell (Shanghai), Subhash Sharma (Mumbai) and Ali Taptik (Istabul). Presenting contrasting styles and approaches to their ‘subject’, the artists reveal hidden and untold stories of communities and individuals in contrasting geographical, social and cultural contexts, where the issue of poverty is often underwritten by politics of class, race and migration. Mindful of issues of voyeurism, objectification and condescension, the exhibition and related events series aim to challenge thinking and encourage debate about the conventional modes and mechanisms through which poverty is often represented and understood.