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Goodbye Little Factory-Epidermis factory
Artist(s): CHEN I-Chun
Date: 2 Apr - 26 Jun 2011

The exterior appearance of the factory remains intact, signifying the continuum of human dignity, whereas the silence that prevails in the room seems to signal some hope amidst hopelessness. Those who have been forced out of their jobs – regardless of their positions – struggle to stay in work. What the little factory is fighting to maintain is a sense of self worth and pride.

Workers are among those most affected by the phenomenon of globalization of trade and capital. Under the forces of globalization, the workers are forced into a life of continuous employment in a temporary position and nomadic displacement. It is because those small home-based factories are replaced by large-scale factories of multinational companies. As the world becomes increasingly homogenized and all kinds of boundaries increasingly blurred, capital flows are moving in an ever fast pace, so are the changing and evolving of meanings.

As a result, signs and symbols are constantly received and interpreted in new contexts to form new meanings and new signifying orders. In a new world characterized by flexible systems of signification, everything traditional or solid will eventually become a thing of the past.

 The Artist's Statement / CHEN I-Chun

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