Chinese Bondage in Peru

Chinese Bondage in Peru  
by Wintergarten LTD


Text by Ed Steck


108 pages
Volumes I, II, & III
Black & white laserjet on newsprint
Softcover / 5.5 x 8.5 in.
Wintergarten LTD, 2012



$25.00

Publisher’s Description: 

Chinese Bondage in Peru is a three-volume publication by the Los Angeles-based art collective Wintergarten Ltd., featuring a collection of re-purposed photographs and printed matter organized around the vague narrative of a North American journalist’s travels through a half-fictitious encounter between the the continents of Latin America and Asia – an encounter marked in equal parts by violence, coercion and eroticism. The sequence of images is accompanied by text composed for the occasion by Pennsylvania-based writer Ed Steck, whose work involves the combination of fragments of existing textual sources.

While the title of the series is taken from an academic publication on the exploitation of Chinese migrant laborers in Peruvian guano pits by 19th century colonists, here it might just as easily refer to the Sendero Luminoso, a Maoist group of indigenous Peruvian revolutionaries, or to the questionable role currently played by Chinese investors in Peru’s mineral extraction sector.

Although reconstructed from “real” ephemera of vernacular image production, the work is anything but documentary, taking its cues instead from the ethno-exploitography of Japanese “pink films” and the French photo-anthropology magazine “Zoom.”



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