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--- Migrant Worker Photography Album and Exhibition
Activity: Activity:Migrant Worker Photography Exhibition Opening + Migrant Worker Photography Album Release Party Time: Time:May 6, 2007 (Sunday), 1:30pm Place: Place:FuXun Park (Zhong Shan North Road Section 3) dates: Photography Exhibit dates:May 6-13, 2007
The high-speed rail line, the Kaohsiung MRT, the Xue Shan highway tunnel, Taipei 101, The East-West Highway… over the past 10 years, migrant workers have contributed to every one of Taiwan’s important public works projects. Waiting at the corner for the garbage truck, weekends at the Railway Station park, within the walls of construction sites, in the large dormitories in industrial districts, in the critical care rooms of hospitals… everywhere we can see migrant workers busily coming and going, and the traces of their labors. The Taiwan International Workers Association (TIWA) has been serving these migrant workers for a long time. Aside from a deep understanding of the personal and systematic problems they run into, we understand that these workers have remained largely invisible within Taiwanese society even after more than ten years. Real pathways of communication between these international workers and Taiwanese society are sorely lacking. Adopting the realist cultural concept of “living records, recording life,” we have successfully completed two photography workshops. Using point-and-shoot cameras, we train workers in observing life and expressing their views. The workers use the first-person viewpoint of the camera lens to unearth all kinds of phenomena which surround them, but which are often ignored, the real situations of their workplaces and communities. They write brief captions to express their opinions about their place in society and to raise questions about cultural differences they observe. We hope that the publication of the photograph album and the photo exhibition will give this group of workers the opportunity to have their voices heard. Photography is a practical, easy, and lively method to let local society see and understand. We also hope to open up Taiwanese society’s view of the diverse culture of workers.

WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT TO GIVE THESE WORKERS A CHANCE TO BE HEARD ~ Please make a donation! Any amount is welcome. If you donate US$60 or more, we will send you a copy of the album, Voyage 15840 (28 x 17cm), featuring more than 80 of the best migrant workers’ photographs from two workshops with captions in English, Chinese, Indonesian, Vietnamese, and Thai. To make a donation please go to http://www.paypal.com, our paypal account is tiwa.blog@gmail.com; or go to TIWA’s website: http://www.tiwa.org.tw/, click on the “Donate” box, and follow the instructions. THANK YOU!!! Your support makes a difference! Please don’t hesitate to contact us: tiwa@tiwa.org.tw

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