Measuring the Distance Between Survival and Living in Art: Hometown Boy
by Jen Graves
on Sat, Nov 2, 2013 at 9:28 AM
Courtesy of the artist and Seattle Asian Art Museum
SURROUNDED BY SPORTS Still can't sleep by day.
It's September 2010, and the provincial government of the North Chinese city of Jincheng is announcing a "high-level attraction plan" to "promote the city's industry upgrade." Workers in the industrial standbys—the coal mines and paper mills that have left the landscape ransacked and blackened—are no longer needed. Workers in cleaner fields like high tech will be paid a lump sum to relocate to Shanxi; they'll be the components of the new operating system.