Migrant Workers

Shenzhen, China, 2008
Video

Shenzhen is an expanding economic metropolis in China. Workers are flocking here from the entire country. Their families often stay behind in their homelands. The workers thus travel back and forth between the two poles of their lives. They can be compared with the surf ceaselessly rolling onto the shore, a continual to and fro.

Aus dem ganzen Lande strömen Arbeiter herbei. Oft bleiben die Familien in der Heimat. So reisen die Arbeiter hin und her zwischen ihren beiden Lebenspolen.Sie sind vergleichbar mit der Brandung, die unaufhörlich ans Ufer rollt, ein beständiges Hin und Her.

Equipped with newly-purchased shoes, the workers meet for a dance with the waves. The sea sets the rhythm and energy of the dance through the workers’ following the water line as closely as possible.