‘The Invisibility Of Poverty’ – Street Art by Kevin Lee

The child is depicted sitting on steps, being stepped on & stepped over to illustrate how invisible the poor living among us can be

By Kevin Lee in Beijing, China 2008. Photography and Body Painting by Kevin Lee, Haohui Zhou, and Bin Liu.

Just because you can’t see it, does that mean it isn’t there? That is a question easily invoked by photographs from UNICEF China’s 2008 campaign to raise awareness about the “invisibility of poverty” affecting children in China. In a series of poignant photographs, homeless children in Beijing were painted identical to their surroundings so that they were almost indiscernible from the cityscape around them.

The most popular of these photos is one of a boy sitting on a set of stone steps, painted so meticulously that one might have to do a double-take to truly appreciate what it is they are seeing. They may even stumble and trip upon him or walk right past without giving him any notice, if not for the sign sitting at his side that reads “Don’t ignore me” in bold Chinese characters. Printed underneath, in smaller script, is a message highlighting the plight of over 1.5 million underprivileged children in China –> READ MORE.

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