The playing poor trend is now an art project. Meet Tania Bruguera, who's becoming an illegal immigrant for a year.
Tania Bruguera at a performance.
Earlier this week we criticized the Global Poverty Project's Live Below the Line campaign, in which people try and survive on $1.50 in food per day, for being pointless. Global Poverty Project CEO Hugh Evans then responded to our piece, arguing that Live Below the Line wasn't "playing poor," but was instead "symbolic action." Perhaps that debate can provide some context to the work of artist Tania Bruguera, whose next project is to live for a year as an illegal immigrant in New York City.