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LSE Arts/Centre for the Study of Global Governance Talking Pictures series

Date: Monday 11 May 2009
Time: 7-8pm
Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Sharron Lovell

China is a country in superlative transition. Media attention focuses primarily on the economic miracle and burgeoning political power, while the interwoven and critically important story of mass human migration remains a postscript. Driven from crumbling countryside economics, 200 million Chinese have moved to the cities, serving as cogs in an engine powering unprecedented growth. Though they are changing every facet of Chinese life, these internal migrants are, by law and practice, second-class citizens in their own land. They gamble everything - health, safety and family - to grab a piece of the modern Chinese life.

Sharron Lovell is a photographer currently based in Shanghai. When approaching Viewing Restricted, Sharron aimed to involve the subject matter in the migrants' own representations; extensive interviews lead the narratives and participants were also invited to shoot pictures and edit the final work. Media treatment of China's migration tends to homogenize their experiences; by contrast Urban Nomads attempts to look at the issue on a micro, human scale.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For more information, email arts@lse.ac.uk or phone 020 7955 6043.

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