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Substructure by Hwang, Cindy; Hursh, Jonathan; Mooney, Sean, 9781884167812
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  • ISBN: 9781884167812 | 1884167810
  • Cover: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 12/16/2014
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In stark, black and white images, artist CYJO documents fifty Chinese migrants, photographing only the subjects' hands to reveal, paradoxically, the collective identity and anonymity of these marginalized workers. CYJO recorded their personal histories as well, through which we learn about the dire circumstances that forced them from their villages in search of work and, ultimately, survival. Since China's economic boom three decades ago, rapid urbanization has spurred internal migration from the countryside to cities, creating an impoverished labor force that faces unfair working conditions, limited access to education, and poor health care. Through faceless portraits, CYJO conveys the indignity experienced by the laborers; it is only the unique texture of each subject's hands that provides identification, and acts as physical evidence of harsh working and living conditions. Substructurewas created in collaboration with Compassion for Migrant Children, a nonprofit organization that helps China's urban migrant children through social and educational programs. CYJO (Cindy Hwang)has exhibited her work nationally and internationally at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC; T. Art Center, Beijing, China; and The Korea Society, New York. Her work has been featured in numerous publications and broadcasts including The New York Times, Smithsonianmagazine, and The Wall Street Journal, among others. Her first book, Kyopo, was published by Umbrage Editions in 2011. Jonathan Hurshis the founder of Compassion for Migrant Children, which benefits children of migrant workers and their communities in China through social and educational programs. Sean Mooneyhas worked as an educator, designer, curator, museum administrator, and visual artist. In 2000 he co-founded SMAK Projects, a New York-based exhibitions consultancy that produces museum exhibitions worldwide.

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