Betty

The Garment Worker
Betty Yu

2012


About the Project

In her project, The Garment Worker, Betty Yu created an interactive media installation to highlight the unfair and abusive working conditions still experienced by workers in Brooklyn’s growing garment industry. The installation in Kang Wei Laundromat simulated the sounds, motions and experiences of a garment factory while providing testimonials and information from immigrant workers on their sweatshop conditions. Betty’s background as a community labor organizer and media justice activist, and her personal connection to garment workers, informed her project to educate the public while arousing people to take action to support the elimination or improvement of such conditions.

 

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Betty Yu is a NYC based multi-media artist, media justice activist and community organizer. Her documentary film, “Resilience” chronicling her mother’s struggles as a garment worker screened at the Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival. Ms. Yu’s work has been exhibited, screened and featured at the International Center of Photography, the Kodak Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art. Betty received her BFA in Film at NYU and is a MFA candidate in the Integrated Media Arts Program at Hunter College. She is the Network Manager for Center for Media Justice, a national movement building communications and media justice organization.

 

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Creative Conversations: Tomie Arai and Betty Yu