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ASIAdocument.write(“” + m[today.getMonth()+1]+ ” “+ today.getDate()+”, ” + theYear + ” “);HOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperChina Daily Global PDFChina Daily Global E-paperChina / Cover StoryHot IssuesGovernmentSocietyInnovationEducationCover StoryPeoplePhotosPainting a picture of life on the edgeBy Tang Yue (China Daily) Updated:2015-05-13 07:43Comments Print Mail Large Medium Small  A woman works at her roast duck business in Xibeimen village in Chaoyang district.A number of artists have banded together to visit some of Beijings poorest areas and highlight the lives of residents whose crucial role in the citys development is often overlooked. Tang Yue reports.When a group of young Chinese artists and enthusiasts decided to act as an artistic version of Capital in the Twenty-First Century and examine the gap between the haves and have-nots, they chose to start by documenting the lives of those on the bottom rungs of the social ladder – Beijings army of migrant workers.Participants in the project, called “Between the Fifth and Sixth Ring Roads”, were required to visit, or even better live in, one of the many villages dotted across the belt of land between the capitals two outermost ring roads for at least 10 days, and then tell the residents stories in their own way. Since the project began in October, the lives of residents in 30 villages have been recorded, and a further three villages are under the microscope as the project is scheduled to end some time around June.Ge Lei and three friends started the project as a protest against the “mainstream” art they believe is dictated by auction houses such as Sothebys and Christies. They say its divorced from what they call “social reality” and is only fit to decorate the homes of the wealthy.Migrant workers are important cogs in the wheels of modern Beijing. They build the subways and high-rise office towers, they cook and baby-sit, and do household chores for middle-class families. However, despite their integral role, they enjoy few of the fruits of the citys success, and the high cost of property and rents means they are forced to live on the outskirts, far from downtown and amenities.Many of the newcomers live in old villages where the low-rise houses are shabby, hygiene is poor and utilities and services are inadequate. Their neighbors tend to be other migrant workers, elderly Beijing natives and recent graduates whose low wages mean they cant afford to live closer to the center. However, unlike the migrants and the elderly, the graduates have prospects.There are no official statistics about the number of migrant workers in Beijing, but surveys conducted by sociology students suggest there may be between 3 million and 4 million, and according to one recent report, that figure includes 200,000 children.Although artists are often regarded as drifters in Beijing (few have permanent resident status, or hukou), their work tends to be “highly commercialized”, and some “produce only what sells best and pay no attention to society at all”, said Ge, the project coordinator and co-founder of the nonprofit Second Floor Publishing House.As an example, he pointed to the large number of artists who live cheek by jowl with migrant workers in the Heiqiao area but keep themselves closeted away in their studios and rarely engage with their neighbors.Although China is now the worlds No. 1 market for contemporary art sales, the work being produced fails to reflect peoples daily lives, according to Ge Fei (no relation), one of the projects co-founders. “We joke that Chinese artworks have just become decorations for capitalists,” he said. Children of migrant workers attend a primary school in Banjieta village in Changping district.Previous Page1 2 Next PagePrevious Page1 2 Next Page8.03KPhotoNight views of Harbin through the lensTibetans take train home after pilgrimage or travellingWorlds largest shaftless Ferris wheel built in ChinaAncient cities to be connected by Xian-Chengdu high-speed railwaySnow turns Harbin into winter wonderlandReed Catkin Festival held in WuhanSocietyPoliticsHot TopicsScience/TechBusinessCover StoryFTZ simplifies process to launch businessesJapan can offer experience, expat saysApplication for work streamlinedAwareness of law aids resolutionAir Force units explore new airspaceLow wages and lack of respect responsible for kindergarten abuse, experts sayLiu heralds UK partnership in education and researchAgency ensuring natural gas supplyUN envoys trip to DPRK praised by BeijingChina moves to secure natural gas supply amid rising winter demandXi asks China, Canada to work for substantial tiesCooperation necessary for success, leaders sayLiving in space: How astronauts train, eat and workTeachers excused for lunchtime drinksWaiting for Shenzhou XICancer agent found in 44 cities drinking waterAt Ikea eatery, its no pay, no stayChina lose 2-0 to Uzbekistan in World Cup qualifier, coach Gao resignsC919 gains another 55 orders, lifting total orders to 785Services offset dip in manufacturingFintech to energize real economy, cut risksChinas Long March rockets complete 60 commercial launchesEngineers achieve breakthroughChina-made components add securityOnline shopping rings up customer complaintsImport expo to focus on advanced techSME mobile market platform receives first clientsChina top importer of US soybeansAir China opens direct route from Beijing to BarcelonaInsurance-based trust launchedDandelion helping to sow the seeds of stability for membersCover storyVisa change may boost tourism to USThe wrong side of the roadBuilding ban begins to biteVillagers call on Japan to atone for massacreMost ViewedTodays Top NewsGovt encourages people to work 4.5 days a weekAction to be taken as HIV cases among students riseDebate grows over reproductive rightsCountrys first bishop ordained in 3 yearsChina builds Tibetan Buddhism academy in ChengduAuthorities require reporting of HIV infections at schoolsTyphoon Soudelor kills 14 in East ChinaPolice crack down on overseas gambling siteDebate over death penalty for child traffickers goes onBeijing to tighten mail security for war anniversaryIn todays trending, beer drinking competition has contestants drinking from basins, bland watermelon leads to police case, raising money for sick child with suanlafen and heat drives monkeys to disturb residents.HighlightsGovt encourages people to work 4.5 days a weekAction to be taken as HIV cases among students riseWorlds apart and in a different classHenan tries to shake off its negative reputationHot TopicsGround level Rule of law Panda China youths Anti-terror drive Family planning Smog Fox Hunt Beijing integrates with Tianjin, Hebei China cracks down on graftSpecial50th anniversary of Tibet autonomous regionPost-90s entrepreneurs in China…| About China Daily | Advertise on Site | Contact Us | Job Offer | Expat Employment |Copyright 1995 -var oTime = new Date();
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