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LIKE . Ryan Debolski

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Ryan Debolski made this work during a year in Oman as part of his Fulbright Fellowship in 2014. LIKE explores the physical and digital relationships of the migrant workers who build the infrastructure of Oman, a rapidly modernizing country rich in oil and natural gas. These men, predominantly from East Africa and the Indian subcontinent, communicate using widely available, low-cost smartphones that help them cope with the social isolation they face while living in camps for years. As quickly as new friends are made, others disappear without a trace, never to be heard from again: workers are deported for various reasons, or shuffled around to different camps throughout the region.

The book includes an essay by Jason Koxvold entitled Raw Material: Capital and Exploitation at the Neoliberal Frontier, which lays out the work in the context of the history of representation of labour in art.

LIKE . Ryan Debolski

Aperture/Paris Photo: Jurors’ Special Mention for First PhotoBook


AUTHORS: Ryan Debolski and Jason Koxvold
TITLE: LIKE
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2020
ISBN: 978-1-7338877-2-4
136 Pages, 96 images
240x320x15mm, 950 grams
EDITION: 450; First edition, first printing

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2020-12-14

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