The urban revelation of McRefugees.
There are many McDonald’s restaurants around the world. North Americans tend to use the drive-thru, whereas in Asia, there always seems to be a 24-hour McDonald’s nearby blasting cold, frigid, air-conditioning. Such a consumerist space has become part of our daily lives. How can we understand the label of ‘McRefugee’ in the context of high costs of living, rampant gentrification, and the rising number of restaurants that mandate minimum spending? This weird phenomenon in modern society has become a new norm. Macau artist #yangsiomaan has produced a chronicle of late-night sketches from his regular visits to McDonald’s to meet the folks who stay overnight. He wonders whether they are homeless or just afraid to be home alone. It may be also possible that they are only out to take a breather. The author takes a shot at the restaurant franchise by deliberately choosing yellow paper with red lettering. A thoughtful gesture.
“Home Sweet Home”/Yang Xiao Man/ Published in October 2019/52 pages/Four-color printing/ Published by aelartmo/