4pm | Garment Workers
Betty Yu & the WASH Project. Moderated by Jasmina Tumbas.
Any discussion on art has the potential for a romanticization of women’s labor, ignoring the sweatshops and gross exploitation of workers, displacement, and other factors inherent in global capitalism. Artist and activist Betty Yu will present on her interactive installation work The Garment Worker (2014) that focuses on the daily life of a garment worker and the hardships they encounter working in a sweatshop, providing a rare look into garment working conditions that Chinese immigrants face in New York City through the personal story of the artist. Yu is joined by representatives from Buffalo’s The WASH Project, who will present on how their organization establishes an outlet for simple, open & free practice of creativity, play, and human engagement, while serving as a human services hub for the immediate Burmese community & beyond.