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Ludlow 38 Curatorial Residencies
The Making of the Chinese New Working Class

“The Making of the Chinese New Working Class”, an exhibition by the Cultureand Art Museum of Migrant Workers Beijing at Ludlow 38, July 14 - September 4, 2011

The exhibition opens with a conversation between Zhibin Lin, research co-ordinator of the Culture and Art Museum of Migrant Workers, and Ellen David Friedman, a union organizer and labor educator in both the U.S. and China. The conversation will include a discussion about the work Lin and Friedman do in China, as well as a recent history of Chinese migrant labor, including internal migration to urban economic zones, and a new wave of proletarianization. Initiated in 2008 by a former migrant worker and musician, Sun Heng, the Culture and Art Museum of Migrant Workers is located in Picun, a village outside Beijing that is home to some 10,000 migrant workers. CAMMW is a project of Migrant Workers Home, an NGO founded in 2002, dedicated to supporting the rights of migrant workers, providing education for their children, and serving as a community center. The purpose of the museum is to record the histories of migrant workers and to advocate for the value of their labor. “The Making of the Chinese New Working Class” is an installation consisting of eight thematic topics that depict migrant workers conditions, a re-creation of a migrant worker’s living space, and materials donated by migrant workers from across China. It is an installation that was originally part of the exhibition The Potosí Principle that traveled from the Museu Reina Sofia in Madrid, to the Haus der Kulturen der Welt and the IG Metall (metal workers union) in Berlin, to the Museo Nacional de Etnografía y Folklore in La Paz.

This book, published by Spector Books, is a documentation of this show.