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Khmer-American Artist Sews Dollar Bills Outside NYC H&M in Protest

I am here to meet you, the consumer, and to be consumed by you and to rest in the pit of your stomach. To be explicit, to haunt you while you shop.”

By Lori Zimmer - Source:

Photo © LessThan Three

Photo © LessThan Three

On a frigid January morning, Khmer-American artist Kat Eng sat in the shadow of H&M’s 42,000-square-foot flagship at 4 Times Square, where she toiled over a hand-operated sewing machine as commuters and tourists passed her by. For eight hours, Eng ran green and black thread over two and two-thirds dollar bills, affixed with an H&M clothing tag, in an act of solidarity with the 500,000 Cambodian garment workers who are calling for a living wage. At least four people were killed and 20 others injured in the capital of Phnom Pen earlier this month after police fired on striking workers who demanded a doubling of the $80 minimum wage. Local human-rights group LICADHO described the affair as “the worst state violence against civilians to hit Cambodia in 15 years.”

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