Tuesday 21 August 2012

Capitalismo Amarillo by Jota Izquierdo

Capitalismo amarillo: Special Economic Zone. A Multi-media installation of Jota Izquierdo at Manifesta 9 biennal exhibition

The term “yellow peril” began to circulate at the end of the nineteenth century, when it was used as a racialised description for the sense of threat that Europeans and Americans felt at the increasing numbers of Chinese labourers arriving on their soil. By the end of the twentieth century, the West’s old economic fears of China had gained new currency, insofar as unscrupulous Chinese counterfeiters began to be perceived as posing a substantial threat to the intellectual property of the West.

For Capitalismo amarillo: Special Economic Zone, Jota Izquierdo conducted what contemporary anthropologists call multi-sited ethnography (Marcus 1995), retracing the flow of cheap, mass-produced consumer goods from individual vendors on the streets of Mexico City and Valencia back to their distributors and ultimately to their producers in the Special Economic Zone of Guangzhou, China.

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