Turning the Rubble of China’s Mass Evictions into Protest Art

Migrants have created some of the works themselves, looking for ways in China’s carefully monitored society to express their discontent.

The emergence of migrant art in galleries, community centers and social media has been embraced by displaced workers as a way of dealing with trauma. It has also caught the attention of the authorities, who have censored some of the works.

At a recent art show in Shenzhen, a southern city, the authorities removed an image of a spotlight shining on a lone home in a construction site before it was destroyed.


Artworks were created with items taken from the demolished homes of the migrants.

Giulia Marchi for The New York Times

Jiang Zhi, the…

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