“Socialist Market” is an investigation of one consequence of China’s market economy embrace. Rather than repeating what someone described as the “donkey and a Porsche” approach, I have tried to depict what I believe is one of the cons of moving to a western oriented economic system. I am referring to the concept of uncertainty which is something new to what was once a static society.
While many people benefited from the new system, others ended up losing their jobs or had to migrate from the countryside to look for a new income. As it always happens, the poorest part of society is the one that ended up providing the manual labour responsible for the construction of the gigantic infrastructures we all now. However, I believe that job security and future expectations are concerns shared by all chinese. This is particularly relevant in a socialist nation where the state used to play an active role in the citizens’ working life.
The objective of this projet is to convey the feeling of insecurity discovered by a society where modernity and tradition are still deeply connected.
Location: Beijing, Kunming, Shanghai and Lijiang.