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Originally an internal training manual for activists working with factory workers in Shenzhen, A Better Life for the Workers (I) was developed by Hong Kong-based NGO Worker Empowerment throughout the early 2000’s. More widely published in 2013, the manual comprises two volumes that describe and analyze the psychological, political, and legal issues shaping industrial work life in modern China.
This version is a re-publication of the original Chinese version alongside an English translation, re-worked and designed by artist Jen LIU. All proceeds of A Better Life for the Workers go to Worker Empowerment.
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Jen LIU is a visual artist based in New York, working in video, choreographic performance, biomaterial, and painting to explore topics of national identity, gendered economies, neoliberal industrial labor, and the re-motivating of archival artifacts. Problem-solving methods are applied to complex social issues, then permitted to progress to their logical conclusions, create speculative narratives seemingly beyond reason–revealing elements of false consciousness and the limitations of existing solutions. Historical materialism across cultural types is embodied in everyday administrative and industry texts, while props, costumes, and animation take tropes to their ridiculous extreme.