Made in China

Photography by Zhan You Bing

Every day we shop for, handle, and use products made by people working in factories thousands of miles away in China. MADE IN CHINA is an exhibition of photographs by Zhan You Bing that document the lives of Chinese factory workers who produce the merchandise Americans consume.

Zhan You Bing was born in 1973 in a rural village in Hubei Province, China. At age nineteen he enlisted in the army. When he retired from active military service in 1995, Zhan You Bing became one of the hundreds of thousands of Chinese rural migrants who leave their families every year to find work in urban manufacturing centers. For many years Zhan You Bing worked as a security guard in factories and hotels in Dongguan City, sending money home to his parents, wife, and son in Hubei.

In 2006, working as an insider, Zhan You Bing began documenting fellow workers on and off the job. Over the past decade he has shot more than 400,000 digital images, comprising the largest visual portrait of Chinese factory workers that exists. MADE IN CHINA presents a sampling of thirty prints from this expansive archive, offering Americans an eye-opening look at the people who work on the other end of the global supply chain making the things that fill our shopping carts.

About the artist: Zhan You Bing lives in Dongguan as an artist and photographer. He is no longer a migrant worker but a registered resident, and his family has joined him there. His photographs have been exhibited throughout China and appear in print and online journals including Southern Weekly, Chinese Photograph, Asahi Shimbun and on NBC and CNN.

Borrow: The Weeks Gallery at Jamestown Community College organized and presented the first exhibition of Zhan You Bing’s works in the United States (November 1-December 8, 2016). To borrow MADE IN CHINA, which ships easily in five 26” x 34” boxes, contact Patricia Briggs.

Number of Objects: 30
Minimum Installation Space: 90 linear feet


Patricia Briggs, Ph.D.
Director of Galleries and Curator of Collections
Weeks Gallery at Jamestown Community College
525 Falconer St.
Jamestown, NY 14701
525 Falconer Street, Jamestown NY 14701 716.338.1300 |