A pack of headless bodies? These images do a great job of stirring the ignorant souls

     

German photographer Michael Wolf visited 5 factories in mainland China to come up with these rather depressing images. Did you know that 75% of the world’s children’s toys are manufactured in China? Well this might seem interesting to some but another fact that cannot be ignored is that 36% of the Chinese population lives on less than $2 a day.

It is ironical that the hard work that goes into making these $25 toys often goes into waste when these toys are ripped apart.

In 2010 the average monthly salary, including overtime, for a migrant worker was CNY 1,690 (US$ 240), insufficient to cover basic needs for workers and their families. In 2009 alone, approximately 1 million workers suffered industrial injuries whilst about 20,000 were victims of occupational disease. (Source) 14095617286844 chinese factory workers toys 01 A pack of headless bodies? These images do a great job of stirring the ignorant souls14095617282491 chinese factory workers toys 03 A pack of headless bodies? These images do a great job of stirring the ignorant souls14095617284822 chinese factory workers toys 02 A pack of headless bodies? These images do a great job of stirring the ignorant souls14095617284753 chinese factory workers toys 04 A pack of headless bodies? These images do a great job of stirring the ignorant souls14095617298483 chinese factory workers toys 11 A pack of headless bodies? These images do a great job of stirring the ignorant souls1409561728592 chinese factory workers toys 05 A pack of headless bodies? These images do a great job of stirring the ignorant souls14095617292932 chinese factory workers toys 07 A pack of headless bodies? These images do a great job of stirring the ignorant souls1409561729400 chinese factory workers toys 06 A pack of headless bodies? These images do a great job of stirring the ignorant souls14095617298982 chinese factory workers toys 08 A pack of headless bodies? These images do a great job of stirring the ignorant souls

     

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The photos below show how Wolf’s photos were exhibited.

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Wolf’s installation in the US involved 16,000 toys purchased second-hand over 4-weeks from flea markets and stores across California. Each toy had a face and was ‘made in China’.

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The toys were shipped back to Wolf’s studio in Hong Kong where the back of each one was sanded down to create a flat surface. A magnet was then attached to the rear to allow them to be moved around the exhibit wall easily.

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These photos really do a great job of humanizing the reality that is often just regarded as a joke in the West. It’s interesting to see the faces behind so many of the cheap plastic products we buy daily.