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Dreams and Rights of a New Generation in the World’s Factory


Dreamwork China is a multimedia project aimed at giving voice to the new generation of Chinese migrant workers. Between the end of 2010 and the beginning of 2011, we travelled to Shenzhen and the Pearl River Delta. There we met migrant workers, activists and civil society organizations promoting workers’ rights.

This journey yielded a series of photographic portraits and a documentary in which these young workers talk about themselves, describing their lives, their hopes, their struggles for rights, and most of all, the dreams of a new generation in the world’s factory.




New York Times: Voices of Chinese Workers in the ‘iEconomy’ (SOURCE)

LeoAlmanac: Art Work/Dream Work in New Media Documentary (PDF)

The Atlantic: The Chinese faces behind your Apple gadgets (SOURCE)

China Digital Times: Dreamwork China The Workers of Foxconn (SOURCE)

Linkiesta: Guardate in faccia chi costruisce il vostro iPhone (SOURCE)

Ilsole24ore: Dreamwork China, vita quotidiana, lavoro e diritti in un documentario che gira l’Italia (SOURCE)

La Stampa: Dreamwork China, un documentario italiano sul lavoro in Cina (SOURCE)

Maccitynet: Foxconn, la realtà dei lavoratori raccontata da due italiani al di là delle mistificazioni (SOURCE)

The Post Internazionale: Ecco chi c’è dietro il tuo i-pad (SOURCE)

Dreamwork China has been screened in more than fifty different events, festivals, cultural institutions in the following country: Italy, Austria, Germany, France, Great Britain, Turkey, Iceland, Australia, USA, China. It continues to be used as additional teaching material in the most important university around the world. To get a copy or organize a screening please contact us.

    Real Woman Photoshop

    Portraits of Foxconn Workers

    “Real Woman Photoshop” is what is written on the sign hanging over the door of a photo studio in the Guanlan district, right in front of a Foxconn plant employing tens of thousands of workers.

    The studio’s inner walls are covered with coloured sceneries and dream landscapes. Here the young workers pose for some photos to keep for themselves or to send to their far away relatives and friends.

    For a couple of weeks Tommaso Bonaventura took the place of the owner of the studio behind the camera. These portraits aim to return these young workers their individuality, overcoming the stereotypes often depicting them as mere robots at the production line.

    Tommaso Bonaventura

    Tommaso Bonaventura (Rome, 1969) studied Art History at La Sapienza University and Visual Arts at the European Institute of Design in Rome. Since 1991, he has been dedicated to long-term projects and explorations at the intersection of photography and text. His work has been featured internationally, and prizes include World Press Photo and the Sony Photography award. He is a regular contributor to various publications around the world, including “M” Le Monde’s weekly magazineVanity FairL’Espresso, Stern and IO Donna. His photographs have been exhibited at galleries, festivals and museums including Biennale di Architettura in Venice, MAXXI – Museo nazionale della arti del XXI secolo in Rome and PAC – Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea in Milan.

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