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Rent A Foreigner
Joyce Rohrmoser

Rent A Foreigner
Joyce Rohrmoser


116 Pages
209 x 280 mm
ISBN 9783902993861



For a number of years, China has stood not just for the mass production and export of cheap industrial projects, but also the import of European luxury goods. The target group is the country’s ever-expanding middle-classes. The concept of ‘rent-a-laowai’ (‘laowai’ is Chinese for ‘foreigner’) refers to the policy by which Chinese companies commission foreigners to attend their events. Joyce Rohrmoser herself was employed as a ‘laowai’ by the Chinese company that bought up her own family’s fur company in Italy; in 2015 and 2016, she took part, in China, in various openings of new outlet centres for luxury goods ‘made in Italy’. Inspired by designer Donatella Versace, she put on high heels and glamorous garments to perform her ‘rent-a-foreigner’ role. In that role as the daughter of her father’s former fur company she attended store openings and press conferences for local television and press agencies, explaining to business directors and sales staff how luxury and status symbols in Italy are defined and identified.
About the Artist
Joyce Rohrmoser, Born 1954 in Milan, Italy. Lives and works in Salzburg, Austria.
About the Publisher
FOTOHOF has been publishing books and catalogues by Austrian and international photographers since its foundation in 1981. Over 300 mainly monographic titles have been published so far, generating a publishing house with international distribution channels.

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