LOTUS

LOTUS is a suspended sculpture installation in the form of a lotus flower made from the same industrial material and vernacular used to build suicide netting outside cell phone factories in Shenzhen, China. Karmali was inspired by a poem by Xu Lizhi, a migrant worker from North East China who took his life at 24 by jumping out of a factory dormitory window as a result of underpaid, overworked, and alienated work conditions. Karmali analogizes our cell phones to the lotus, as both appear detached from their murky beginnings. The lotus flower symbolizes our complicit participation in abusive systems of global manufacture and production.
 

 
《一颗螺丝掉在地上》
“A Screw Fell to the Ground”
一颗螺丝掉在地上
A screw fell to the ground
在这个加班的夜晚
In this dark night of overtime
垂直降落,轻轻一响
Plunging vertically, lightly clinking
不会引起任何人的注意
It won’t attract anyone’s attention
就像在此之前
Just like last time
某个相同的夜晚
On a night like this
有个人掉在地上
When someone plunged to the ground – Xu Lizhi