Floating Population

Book, 2013

In the early 1980s, upon the opening up of China’s economy under Deng Xiaoping, farmers left their hometowns seeking work in China’s developing cities as a response to the resulting agricultural reforms. These people from China’s vast rural areas are referred to as the ‘floating population’.

This publication is a documentation of several projects shot during my various travels to China between 2009 and 2013.

By visually assembling photographs, video stills and photographed objects like textiles, rubber shoes, construction materials, a sock, piles of postcards and posters and more I investigate this stream of migrant laborers.

As tactility, materials and structure are important in my work I decided to make the page compositions by hand. I printed all the photos, put them on the studio floor together with the products and took photos of that assemblage again.

Text: Catherine Vuylsteke (sinologist)
Design: Cobbenhagen Hendriksen
Publisher: Fw:

24 x 35 cm
Self-cover w/ plastic sleeve
40 pages, full-color
ISBN 9789490119218
€25 excl. shipping

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The Making of ...

   Laying out the book in the studio


Laying out the book in the studio

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