Jan Rosseel (1979) initially started his career in cooking. After working in various renowned restaurants in France, Spain and New York he decided to study Chinese language and culture.
During an exchange program at Shandong University, he chose to not study in class but on the streets. While doing research on rural-urban migration he picked up his camera and started documenting the life of Chinese migrant workers in his series We, the invisible.
An estimated 150 million Chinese migrant workers, or mingong, are floating between rural and urban areas in China annually.
To some it is a way to escape the rural life and to seek adventure in the city. To others it is the only way to survive and earn enough money to support their families, often left behind in poor inland provinces.
Due to the Chinese household registration system which links social benefits to the place where people live, they have little to no legal rights as they are not officially registered in the cities they are building.
Despite their large numbers and their key role in China’s economic boom they remain invisible to the cities’ statistics.
Another of Rosseel’s series is Anders, a short story about a Greenlandic immigrant living in Aarhus, Denmark. The life he lived has had a big impact on both his physical state and his psyche.
Not only did he lose his wife and seven children afters years of drug and alcohol abuse, he also suffers from the aftermath of three heart-attacks and cerebral haemorrhage.
Despite these hardships, Anders has a positive look on life and is determinded to help other Greenlanders to quit drinking.
All copyright Jan Rosseel.