artists need a clean house too

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name: matthijs / age: 27 / profession: artist / location: amsterdam / weekday: monday / reference: artists do need a clean house. if not they might get astma and might not be able to perform on their “level” or to be in that “zone”.

bad tactic

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name: Nolwenn / age: 23 / profession: student / location: amsterdam / weekday: sunday / reference: last hour in gouesnou.

synecdoche vs metonymy

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name: margarita / age: 27 / profession: organizer of things / weekday: thursday / reference: when i was studying grammar, the example they would always use to explain what ‘synecdoche’ meant was the “all hands on deck” saying… where the hands stand in for the ‘man’ or the ‘sailor’. where the person, as a worker, is minimized down to their hands. to the utility of their body. to the utility of a part of their body.  class is mapped onto our hands.

astroboi

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112_Sunday_Astroboiname: astroboi / age: 29 / profession: artist & part-time porn actor / location: barcelona / weekday: sunday / reference: creo que tradicionalmente hemos delegado la sexualidad a algo instintivo, animal y siempre que pensamos en el sexo lo vemos como algo cavernícola, innato en nosotros. Yo creo que esta es una perversión del lenguaje y de nuestra forma de interpretar el mundo. La sexualidad en todas las especies tiene un contenido social muy importante, los perros se montan para establecer jerarquías, y en el caso de los humanos esto se lleva al extremo. Toda nuestra sexualidad es un producto de nuestra historia y por lo tanto es intelectual y esta radicalmente construida. Esto implica que sentarse ante una película porno a masturbarse no va unido a apagar las neuronas sino todo lo contrario, al conocimiento, a la intelectualización, asumiendo y construyendo una serie de roles. foto: henning von berg

Pleasure

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name: thomas / age: 24 / profession: designer / location: bruxelles / weekday: sunday / reference: cigar cutter with utility knife. Use a utility knife to cut the tip of your cigars.

I THOUGHT THE WATER was WARM ENOUGH

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53name: BENJI / age: 22 / profession: STUDENT / location: SEATTLE / weekday: MONDAY / reference: ABOUT TO SIT IN BATH

truth will make you free

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name: Román / age: 34 / profession: producer / location: barcelona / weekday: monday / reference: truth will make you free

The Corpses

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name: Pierre-Henri / profession: Chargé de mission au cabinet du Maire du 3e arrondissement de Paris / weekday: sunday / reference: Les cadavres — The Corpses

Max

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name: Jake / age: 57 / profession: graphic designer / location: San Diego / reference: forgot to plug in the electric toothbrush, had to use the manual one

Raval

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name: marta / age: 37 / profession: documentalist / location: Barcelona / weekday: Sunday / reference: wORKING-CLASS FAMILY. Gabriel Casas, ca. 1933.

AIsd

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2014-07-21name: -jl / age: 35 / profession: web designer & photographer / location: Barcelona / weekday: monday / reference: AISd stands for “Auto imposed sensorial depravation”. This is the view from My home-office. I get no sunlight except for 40min around 15h. The rest of the time i don’t know what time it is or if is it cold, hot or raining.

“Lenin” Jozo Kljaković, 1924

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name: Dmitry / age: 19 / profession: university student / location: ekaterinburg / reference: “Lenin” Jozo Kljaković, 1924

cleaning gloves

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name: Esmee / age: 26 / profession: artist & student / location: Amsterdam / weekday: wednesday / reference: helping hands the night before i leave for 5 weeks fieldwork

Inutensílios

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name: bernardo / age: 28 / profession: artist / location: amsterdam / weekday: friday / reference: 2009, mixed media. photography by DMY berlin

cookbook

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name: esmee / age: 26 / profession: artist & student / location: eindhoven / weekday: sunday / reference: youngest sister looking into a cookbook for the working woman

In Memory of Athiraman Kannan

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name: trenton / age: 30 / profession: publisher / location: london / weekday: wednesday / reference: On the 11th May 2011 news reached Jeddah that a man, later to named Athiraman Kannan, had the previous day, jumped to his death from the 147th floor of the world’s tallest building; the Burji Khalifa. From India, he came to Dubai to work. He cleaned the newly opened building. In an attempt to honour Athiraman Kannan, and his courageous call for attention to the lives of migrant workers, that afternoon I photographed what I had in previous weeks started to describe as a ‘pop out city’. These spaces were described to me by the domestic workers as an attempt at permanency, comfort and retreat in an always vulnerable and precarious life as a migrant worker. Unlike the families they worked for, whose life exists almost entirely behind these walls, their lives exist on the street, which is forging new notions ‘the public’ in city largely concerned with ‘privacy’. (Image taken the 11th May 2011 in Al Naeem, Jeddah.)

Sombras en el aeropuerto

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name: may / age: 46 / profession: pensionista / location: Barcelona / reference: Esperando en el aeropuerto, las horas no pasan pero las personas vuelan

moving

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name: adam / age: 30 / profession: landscape architect / location: hong kong / weekday: thursday / reference: cultural workers move/migrate for residencies, exhibitions, appointments, teaching, internships, etc.

squirts

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name: christina / age: 27 / profession: multidisciplinary artist & product designer / location: Athens / reference: with stimulation, some women are able to ejaculate. it can involve large qualities of fluid(and laundry) for some women, but it doesn’t always involve a geyser shooting from down-below. it can happen at the same time with orgasm sometimes, some others not at all. either way it is certainly much fun. it is a watery, clean or sometimes milky liquid produced from glands (female prostate) inside the urethral sponge. ejaculate and urine come out of urethra but they do not have the same consistency.

tire potato planters

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name: Project 181 / age: 45 & 48 / profession: collaborators / location: Atlanta / weekday: monday / reference: discarded tires used to vertically grow potatoes.  Each planting is a response to a situation of precarity for our friends, family and community.

home security

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name: Pinky & bunny / age: 9 & 10 / profession: cats / location: the desert / weekday: wednesday / reference: we are still working

ASk!

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name: Realizza / age: 25 / profession: domestic worker & visual artist / location: london / weekday: sunday / reference: justice for domestic workers with Ask! (actie schone kunsten) creating aliances at the showroom.

Post-Fordism

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name: lucía / age: 35 / profession: artist / location: barcelona / weekday: friday / reference: should eat something… getting inspiration

cognitive capitalism

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foto-3name: yuji / age: 26 / profession: unknown / location: madrid / weekday: monday / reference: the moment that’s imposible to write something intelligent unless you take 40 min to find the perfect soundtrack to your ideas

milanese worker

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Nuova immagine1name: serena / age: 28 / profession: painter / location: milano / weekday: Thursday / reference: I’d like to be remembered as someone who showed up for the job. I consider myself a worker.

laundry

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name: esmee / age: 26 / profession: artist / student / location: amsterdam / weekday: thursday / reference: somehow i have more party and holiday pictures than domestic work pictures in my albums.

In Memory of Athiraman Kannan

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name: trenton / age: 30 / profession: publisher / location: london / weekday: wednesday / reference: on the 11th may 2011 news reached jeddah that a man, later to named athiraman kannan, had the previous day, jumped to his death from the 147th floor of the world’s tallest building; the burji khalifa. from india, he came to dubai to work. he cleaned the newly opened building. in an attempt to honour athiraman kannan, and his courageous call for attention to the lives of migrant workers, that afternoon i photographed what i had in previous weeks started to describe as a ‘pop out city’. these spaces were described to me by the domestic workers as an attempt at permanency, comfort and retreat in an always vulnerable and precarious life as a migrant worker. unlike the families they worked for, whose life exists almost entirely behind these walls, their lives exist on the street, which is forging new notions ‘the public’ in city largely concerned with ‘privacy’. (image taken the 11th may 2011 in al naeem, jeddah.)

brigadeiro

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IMG_1459name: Luciana / age: 36 / profession: photographer / location: Amsterdam / weekday: sunday / reference: homesick, brigadeiro, brasil, sweet, cooking at home, making a girl happy, back 20, party

rentability

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name: maría / age: 43 / profession: artist, researcher & teacher / location: barcelona / weekday: monday / reference: freedom, equality, rentability. still from ‘tiempo real’ (2003) by maría ruido, 43 min.

Vanity

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name: Pierre-Henri / profession: Chargé de mission au cabinet du Maire du 3e arrondissement de Paris / location: paris / weekday: saturday / reference: Vanité

Recognition

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name: Anacoreta / age: 57 / profession: domestic worker / location: amsterdam / weekday: thursday / reference: many domestic workers have no future if we are not recognized. Our future is on your hands… Do something for us… recognize our contribution.

speculation strike

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name: jenny / age: 32 / profession: producer / location: sant martí vell / weekday: friday / reference: moving to the countryside escaping high rent.

site-specific

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site-specificname: yuji / age: 26 / profession: student / location: madrid / weekday: wednesday / reference: waiting for the clothes to be dried at home, once you don’t wan’t to lose thirty minutes and 3,5 euros in a laundry.

Hackney Flashers

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name: werker collective / age: 8 / profession: art collective / location: amsterdam / weekday: monday / reference: In 1980 the Hackney Flashers put together an education resource slide pack and booklet on ‘Domestic labour and visual representation’ for use in communities and education.

hands at work

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name: margarita / age: 27 / profession: undefined / location: amsterdam / weekday: friday / reference: when our hands are not working our hands are always working

big foot

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name: Realizza / age: 25 / profession: domestic worker & visual artist / location: london / weekday: saturday / reference: saturday night is my bedtime story night with the big boys i’m taking care after to. photo taken in singapore.

hibernation

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name: Mariya / age: 28 / profession: photography student / location: haifa

INSIDE—OUTSIDE

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name: pilar / age: 51 / profession: architect / location: castellón / weekday: thursday / reference: In the cave-houses quarter, women hang out ropes of red peppers in the front of their houses. The pantry is outside. Almería, 2000.

Me with my mess

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name: Nina / age: 18 / profession: Student / location: Warsaw / reference: I was lost in my life, Now i know i’m just a mess.

STANDING BY

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name: petrina & matt / age: 27 & 29 / profession: artists & Musicians / location: london / weekday: Wednesday / reference: Heed the day of Wodan.

lunch

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27817_1461893826527_6753416_nname: Felipe / age: 27 / profession: Artist / location: Bogotá / weekday: saturday / reference: I live in a farm outside Bogotá, I have breakfast and lunch outdoors.

Mass Production System

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name: lucía / age: 35 / profession: artist / location: barcelona / weekday: saturday / reference: tool to brush the cat —fluff—

Busy all the week

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name: Pierre-Henri / profession: Chargé de mission au cabinet du Maire du 3e arrondissement de Paris / location: paris / weekday: Friday / reference: Débordé toute la semaine

creature comforts nr.3

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name: bernardo / age: 28 / profession: artist / location: amsterdam / weekday: sunday / reference: life is getting better all the time. photography by Thamanta roeber, 2011.

my parents painted our house

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DSC_0174 copyname: carolina / age: 23 / profession: graphic designer & student / location: bogotá / weekday: saturday / reference: This is teamwork! A whole week of intense work. i like the smell of fresh paint.

one second before getting started

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Camaname: Yolanda / age: 34 / profession: permanent student / location: Madrid / weekday: monday

Invisible Domestic Labour: The Dusting Frenetically Series

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name: Lamis / age: 29 / profession: Housework Practitioner / location: London / weekday: Monday / reference: “I perceive that the work we raise is not unique, nor isolated, that the air around it constitutes other surfaces, other grounds, other ceilings […] The work is not made only of itself: the outside exists. The outside shuts me in its whole which is like a room.” Le Corbusier, Precisions, (New York: MIT Press, 1991) p.78.

terrace

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name: yule / age: 21 / profession: illustration student / location: antwerp / reference: The terrace is a space between public and private, it’s a ‘happy place’. people only go there when the weather is good, when they feel good and usually with others. people don’t want the outside world to see the negative.

wanted the unwanted

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name: marissa
age: 41
profession: domestic worker / coordinator
location: london
weekday: monday
reference: Tate modern has introduced to justice for domestic workers (j4DW) the wonders of unwanted things that arts doesn’t have to be expensive or out of nothing there is actually something valuable that often ignored during our workshop and visit around Tate. Since then, it stayed in my mind that before throwing things to the bin and recycle made me think of what other things I could do. I have now loads of ARTS collections for our own exhibit in Tate modern perhaps in early 2013 with theme ‘making domestic work visible in british society’.

what do you want to reach?

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name: Denise / age: 28 / profession: graphic designer / location: yakushima island / weekday: sunday / reference: gardening in green

Sao paulo

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IMG_0838baixaname: Luciana / age: 37 / profession: photographer / location: Netherlands / weekday: tuesday / reference: outside home, my toilet window, sao paulo, brazil, private space, building, architecture, caos

in between

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name: Yule / age: 21 / profession: illustration student / location: Antwerp / reference: This is the space between the cold and the heat, warm coats against a cold wall.

first photograph i ever took

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name: Reinilde / age: 26 / profession: student / location: Amsterdam & curaçao / weekday: tuesday / reference: lunchtime. the weather is sweaty. easy living and a dishwashing machine. family of four. coming of age count, two.

we don’t want work

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name: maría / age: 43 / profession: artist, researcher & teacher / location: barcelona / weekday: saturday / reference: we don’t want work, we want money. still from ‘tiempo real’ (2003) by maría ruido, 43 min.

second photograph I ever took

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name: Reinilde / age: 26 / profession: student / location: Amsterdam & curaçao / weekday: wednesday / reference: my brother and me sharing a room. clean it, before the cleaner comes.

lost glove, early autumn

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name: João / age: 29 / profession: Designer / location: oslo / weekday: wednesday / reference: Last winter I saw so many lost gloves I decided to take a picture whenever I find one. I had this idea right when winter was over. this is a typical summer / early autumn glove – it is for work, rather than avoiding the cold. As cold comes, the woolen ones start to appear in the city streets, lost in public transportation, bus stops or swollen in the snow. when the sun comes, they rise above the surface.

working the streets

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name: sohrab / age: 29 / profession: artist / location: london / weekday: monday / reference: this woman in Kabul sells magazines in the street to make a bit of extra money for their household. selling (these) magazines is regarded just slightly more worthy than begging or prostitution.

olympic glimpse

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name: Realizza / age: 25 / profession: domestic worker & visual artist / location: london / day: wednesday / reference: in the middle of the city, there was the glimpse of the olympic ring.

Home Office

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name: stas / age: 30 / profession: graphic designer / location: prague / weekday: monday / reference: Are there real work at home jobs? Yes there are some, but, they are not nearly as plentiful as you would think considering the amount of interest there is in working from home.

boating for beginners

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name: margarita / age: 27 / profession: untitled / location: amsterdam / weekday: sunday / reference: this is my father rowing around a group of children, somewhere at a dacha near minsk (belarus). when i showed him this picture he said that this was one of the things he liked about living in a communist (socialist?) country… that when the weekend came you had complete freedom from work…you weren’t thinking about it seven days a week, there were moments to just let go.

toys

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name: Michiel / age: 21 / profession: student/illustrator / location: antwerp belgium / reference: dolls working in the kitchen

shopping for healthy food

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shopping for healthy foodname: jenny / age: 37 / profession: art worker / location: miami beach / weekday: saturday / reference: Our neighborhood is going trough an accelerated gentrification process, the local supermarket offers all kinds of expensive organic fresh foods for it’s new inhabitants.

In Memory of Athiraman Kannan

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name: trenton / age: 30 / profession: publisher / location: london / weekday: wednesday / reference: on the 11th may 2011 news reached jeddah that a man, later to named athiraman kannan, had the previous day, jumped to his death from the 147th floor of the world’s tallest building; the burji khalifa. from india, he came to dubai to work. he cleaned the newly opened building. in an attempt to honour athiraman kannan, and his courageous call for attention to the lives of migrant workers, that afternoon i photographed what i had in previous weeks started to describe as a ‘pop out city’. these spaces were described to me by the domestic workers as an attempt at permanency, comfort and retreat in an always vulnerable and precarious life as a migrant worker. unlike the families they worked for, whose life exists almost entirely behind these walls, their lives exist on the street, which is forging new notions ‘the public’ in city largely concerned with ‘privacy’. (image taken the 11th may 2011 in al naeem, jeddah.)

hello kitty

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name: robin / age: 33 / profession: not-writer, maybe-sculptor, student, non-photographer / location: amsterdam / weekday: thursday / reference: new arrival sitting in my bookshelf (1997 Polaroid Hello Kitty, from Takaido-higashi, Suginami-Ku, Tokyo)

feeding birds

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name: Luciana / age: 35 / profession: photographer / location: Amsterdam / weekday: monday / reference: One of my passions are birds. If I had to choose other form of existence I would rather be a bird. I love to watch the birds. The winter came and I feel worried about them how difficult is to get food. I feed birds every day.

menu diario

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menu diarioname: mario / age: 31 / profession: unknown / location: madrid / weekday: wednesday / reference: menu para cuatro

cozy between the garbage

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name: michiel / age: 21 / profession: student & illustrator / location: antwerp / reference: A sofa next to the garbage. or is it a cozy terrace?

working at home

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IMG_1573name: werker magazine / profession: self-publishing / location: amsterdam / weekday: thursday / reference: image of our office-house in the 80’s. As it is still now, our headquarters, this house has a long tradition of more than a residential space being a space of work.

still life with flowers and cleaning accessories

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name: minke / age: 30 / profession: Communication consultant / location: amsterdam / weekday: friday / reference: goodbye bouquet for our office cleaner yuki, who is going back to singapore and will be dearly missed.

Derechos para todas!

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IMG_6574name: Sindihogar members from nigeria / profession: domestic and care workers / location: Barcelona / weekday: tuesday / referencia: rights for all women!

cleaning for revolution!

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name: marc / age: 30 / profession: artist / location: amsterdam / weekday: monday / reference: In the global movement that occupied central squares all over the world in 2011, cleaning and caring for public space became part of protesters actions. plaça catalunya, barcelona.

fermentation course in a public library

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name: riitta / age: 57 / profession: social historian & photographer / location: helsinki / reference: some leftovers from a fermentation course.

informal residence

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name: andrea / age: 32 / profession: writer & part-time bookseller / location: barcelona / weekday: sunday / reference: tengo una habitación extra con las cosas de mi amiga alex que vive fuera. a cambio de acogerla en casa durante su último proyecto ‘te oímos beber’ me ha regalado una tomatera y una pieza.

furniture shopping

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name: Pinky & bunny / age: 9 & 10 / profession: cats / location: the desert / weekday: saturday / reference: we are still working

Gate 3 Art project

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name: Iris / age: 43 / profession: Artist / location: haifa / reference: in response to the lack of independent art spaces in haifa, for a while, this self-organised initiative supported the local art scene.

Making Music

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name: Torkel / age: 30 / profession: cultural analyst and writer / location: Stockholm / weekday: Thursday / reference: photograph from the house where i grew up, taken by my mother in 1982 or 1983.

bohemian odalisca studying at home

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calmluxe and voluptename: esther / age: 53 / profession: independent actionist artist and researcher / location: london / weekday: wednesday / reference: this picture is part of a series about work and studying at home as action and a sort of protest related to the constant making of art products that artist are some how lured on to by the capitalist art making machine. la boheme is at home, she reminds any modernist model of a male painter of the times past, but she is in fact in control and working, as the portrait is taken with a self timer camera on a tripod. She is like luxe, calm and volupté but her mind is very busy she can’t help to work to move to act on that supposed stillness of her coquete pose.

creature comforts nr.2

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name: bernardo / age: 28 / profession: artist / location: amsterdam / weekday: sunday / reference: something that could be a juicer from the 70’s but its not. photography by Thamanta roeber, 2011.

CLEAN BEDSPREADS

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name: pilar / age: 51 / profession: architect / location: Castellón / weekday: wednesday / reference: During Corpus Christi procession, women hang out in their balconies the best bedspread or tablecloth, clean and perfectly ironed. photo taken in Castellón, 1993.

Resist

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name: Thomas / age: 24 / profession: designer / location: bruxelles / weekday: wednesday / reference: megaphone with traffic cone. Speaking in the narrowest part, direct your voice in the desired direction.

free wifi

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name: maiko / age: 33 / profession: curator / location: amsterdam / weekday: thursday / reference: cafe in berlin. taking a moment to eat my salad after frantically catching up on emails (no internet where i was staying).

dictionnaray

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name: derveloy / age: 29 / profession: designer / location: arnhema / weekday: monday / reference: dictionnaray / dictionnaryday go, little booke, god send thee good passage, And specially let this be thy prayer, unto them all that thee will read or hear, where thou art wrong, after their help to call, thee to correct in any part or all. From our dear home dictionnary.

15 minutes

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name: sebastien / age: 36 / profession: civil servant / location: The hague / weekday: friday / reference: rubber bands, ordered by size and by age / rigidity

thinking time

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name: Pinky & bunny / age: 9 & 10 / profession: cats / location: the desert / weekday: monday / reference: we are still working

Today I don’t feel like ironing neither

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name: neus / age: 63 / profession: technical architect / location: barcelona / weekday: sunday / reference: self-portrait, 1987. At home, this is my only painting that hangs on the wall, the other ones are just leaning against it.

x-mas

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144_Sunday_X-mas-768x1024name: Anacoreta / age: 57 / profession: domestic worker / location: amsterdam / weekday: sunday / reference: my family back home missing them too much. Long years of sacrifices.

frames and bears

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name: Realizza / age: 25 / profession: domestic worker & visual artist / location: london / weekday: saturday / reference: “bears are kept and memories are framed” as we leave our own children and our own country in exchange  of money and job and a greener pasture, we missed the so many moments we supposed to share with them and that is the high cost of migration.

stranded hunk

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name: michiel / age: 21 / profession: student/illustrator / location: antwerp belgium / reference: This is a cardboard commercial for beer of a muscled guy. He was left behind by the previous owner of my appartment but yet i took him in. He is standing between the garbage but i think im gonna keep him… He is cute.

hoover in the dark

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name: Denise / age: 28 / profession: graphic designer / location: tokio / weekday: sunday / reference: unplugged

Domestic Worker can be an entrepreneur

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name: Jena / age: 38 / profession: Domestic worker / location: singapore / weekday: Sunday / reference:  We often asked ourselves, is there life after being a migrant domestic worker? My answer is yes! But we need to work hard and be dedicated to achieve this. We also need to learn the basic mathematics earnings – expenses = savings. Every Sunday during my day off I spend some time in studying and sometime in volunteering to serve my fellow domestic workers. I chose the entrepreneurship course because that’ how I see myself after being a domestic worker. On my graduation day, I even received an award ‘best business plan’ which is also based on my own business plan as entrepreneur someday.

several views

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name: miguel / age: 26 / profession: artist / location: madrid / reference: when you talk about ‘the work space’ will you talk about yourself?

97 HOUSE MAIDS

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name: daniela / age: 30 / profession: artist / location: barcelona / weekday: monday / reference: 97 selected photographs showing groups of Peruvian high class people in daily domestic situations. In the background of each image one can see either a figure or a deletion of a domestic worker. All images have been collected from the social network site Facebook. Project by Daniela Ortiz.

Planting

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name: Torkel / age: 30 / profession: cultural analyst and writer / location: Stockholm / weekday: saturday / reference: photograph from the garden of the house where I grew up, taken by my father or mother in 1982 or 1983.

Looking after a kid

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name: Torkel / age: 30 / profession: cultural analyst and writer / location: Stockholm / weekday: tuesday / reference: photograph from the house where I grew up, taken by my father in 1982 or 1983.

macetas

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macetasname: mario / age: 31 / profession: unknown / location: madrid / weekday: monday / reference: proyecto de futuro jardín casero

warming up for saturday gardening

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name: Sohrab / age: 29 / profession: artist / location: London / weekday: saturday / reference: I need money to pay my rent, so I work on a garden. It’s hard work, much harder than I thought it would be!

Nail cleaner

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name: thomas / age: 24 / profession: designer / location: bruxelles / weekday: tuesday / reference: Unfold the paper clip and use it as a conventional nail cleaner

97 HOUSE MAIDS

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name: daniela / age: – / profession: artist / location: barcelona / weekday: thursday / reference: 97 selected photographs showing groups of Peruvian high class people in daily domestic situations. In the background of each image one can see either a figure or a deletion of a domestic worker. All images have been collected from the social network site Facebook. Project by Daniela Ortiz.

In Memory of Athiraman Kannan

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name: trenton / age: 30 / profession: publisher / location: london / weekday: wednesday / reference: on the 11th may 2011 news reached jeddah that a man, later to named athiraman kannan, had the previous day, jumped to his death from the 147th floor of the world’s tallest building; the burji khalifa. from india, he came to dubai to work. he cleaned the newly opened building. in an attempt to honour athiraman kannan, and his courageous call for attention to the lives of migrant workers, that afternoon i photographed what i had in previous weeks started to describe as a ‘pop out city’. these spaces were described to me by the domestic workers as an attempt at permanency, comfort and retreat in an always vulnerable and precarious life as a migrant worker. unlike the families they worked for, whose life exists almost entirely behind these walls, their lives exist on the street, which is forging new notions ‘the public’ in city largely concerned with ‘privacy’. (image taken the 11th may 2011 in al naeem, jeddah.)

third photograph I ever took

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name: Reinilde / age: 26 / profession: student location: Amsterdam & curaçao / weekday: thursday / reference: ‘Dad, can you please put on shorts, I don’t like your underwear’

moustache u a question

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name: Reinilde / age: 26 / profession: student / location: Rotterdam / weekday: sunday / reference: coffee in the kitchen, broken glass in the bathroom.

moving

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name: adam / age: 30 / profession: landscape architect / location: hong kong / weekday: thursday / reference: cultural workers move/migrate for residencies, exhibitions, appointments, teaching, internships, etc.

24 Hours

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name: Wok / age: 36 / profession: visual artist / location: yogyakarta / weekday: sunday / reference: Are you a person who can’t sleep in the night? Are you a night-watcher? Are you a night-stalker? A clubber? An insomniac? A street-punk? Whoever you are, you need something, someone to take care on you in the night when all ‘the normals’ sleep. So, say thanks for all those people who work to serve anything you need till the dawn. Some of them working 24 hours, some started when the moon show its face, some are open their ‘shop’ at 00:00:00. jpgmag.com

reading while dreaming

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name: zeev / age: 36 / profession: filmmaker / location: jerus 

electricity breakdown

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name: Aitziber / age: 27 / profession: cultural worker & filmmaker / location: barcelona / weekday: monday / reference: october 21st: electric breakdown for 2 days at my apartment in Barcelona. 45 square meters attic in the old part of the city for 441€/month, half of my wage including the expenses. The electricity was never renewed and i thought the breakdown was due to its age. i was afraid of calling Fecsa -the electric company- since they have no record of the existence of this electric system at this address and i´ve never paid any bill. julio, the owner of the bar downstairs came to have a look at it and also youness, a friend. i thought i´d have to pay for a new installation in order to fix it and have light again. 2 days later, pablo, the neighbor from the 1st floor knocked my door to ask me if i had light. we called the real state emergency telephone and surprisingly a man came two hours later to fix the electric box at the entrance of the building. he said that the electric system was too old and could burn at any moment. this was the last of many problems that the apartment had given me, so i decided to leave 10 days later. I’ve also migrated to the Netherlands.

new project

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IMG_1418name: emily / age: 34 / profession: mother-artist / location: toronto / weekday: friday / reference: the new associate

cantinette

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name: alexandra / age: 27 / profession: musician & art student / location: amsterdam / weekday: monday / reference: it is the truth, i live in a school canteen.

purim in jerusalem

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name: Ella / age: 35 / profession: artist / location: jerusalem / reference: Purim in 2019, my kids wore their ninja masks for three days 
straight

Action 3

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name: Flatten the Mountain (zoe & eira) / age: 26 / profession: Artist collaborative / location: London & Glasgow / weekday: thursday / reference: crouch on floor and cover body except feet and ankles

Cleaning structures (sequoia)

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name: Elsa / age: 26 / profession: Artist / location: Amsterdam / weekday: Tuesday / reference: video-still from ‘The Pine-tree, the bonsai and the sequoia’.

moving

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name: Adam / age: 30 / profession: landscape architect / location: Hong kong / weekday: monday / reference: cultural workers move/migrate for residencies, exhibitions, appointments, teaching, internships, etc.

Diamonds are forever

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name: Fani / age: 35 / profession: graphic designer and ceramist / location: barcelona / weekday: thursday / reference: women at work

Mr

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kitchenname: Jameson / age: 30 / profession: Teacher & Journalist / location: Draycott / weekday: monday / reference: Washing up done, recycling to go!

sphere

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name: Realizza / age: 25 / profession: domestic worker & visual artist / location: london / weekday: monday / reference: a whole vision that justice for domestic workers are into a sphere, round and bold.

Gizmo 2010

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name: Bernardo / age: 28 / profession: artist / location: Amsterdam / weekday: thursday / reference: 2010, 3 polystyrene objects. photography by Thamanta Roeber

Action 1

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name: Flatten the Mountain (zoe & eira)/ age: 26 / profession: Artist collaborative / location: London & Glasgow / weekday: tuesday / reference: place towel over head and pose

tools

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name: lucía / age: 35 / profession: artist / location: barcelona / weekday: monday / reference: professional order, invisibility, silence, working conditions

the desperate kingdom of love

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the_desperate_kingdom_of_lovename: Rafael / age: 33 / profession: artist / location: campo largo / weekday: sunday / reference: home, love, loneliness, desires, pj harvey, wishes, melancholy, flowers, woods, sad nature, music, body, pain, hope, some places, some feelings…

anytime, anywhere, anyhow

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name: cocco / age: 34 / profession: fashion designer / location: Paris / weekday: thursday / reference: mannequins protesting at work

ugali

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name: esmee / age: 26 / profession: artist & student / location: dar es salaam / weekday: tuesday / reference: neema preparing ugali and calling

Cultivating

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name: Torkel / age: 30 / profession: cultural analyst & writer / location: Stockholm / weekday: saturday /reference: Photograph from the garden of the house where I grew up, taken by my father or my mother in 1982 or 1983.

Rainbow, Bathroom, Lodz.

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365days_select_363name: maria / age: 27 / profession: editor / location: barcelona / weekday: sunday / reference: by cezary bodzianowski. seen at the exhibition “Cartografías contemporáneas” at caixa forum barcelona.

at home – cleaning

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name: Paula, Sam, Fionn, Oisin, Roma / age: 36, 34, 10, 1, 0 / profession: artists, activists, architects, researchers, family, writers / location: sheffield / weekday: Saturday / reference: gingerbread. family time, Saturday morning, January 2011. 1 in 3 children living in poverty in the UK. endchildpoverty.org.uk

box office

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name: tessa / age: 30 / profession: visual artist / location: berlin / weekday: monday / reference: “qu’attendre de son métier?”

work break

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having a break from my work, from time to time. I go to the toilet / bathroom. It's the only time my employer won't bother me.name: dina / profession: domestic worker / location: london / weekday: wednesday / reference: Having a break from my work, from time to time. I go to the toilet / bathroom. It’s the only time my employer won’t bother me.

it never ends

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name: irene / age: 42 / profession: artist / location: Terrassa / weekday: wednesday / reference: Mama keeps on working while waiting for the child to fall asleep.

Euro Vision (visions of europe)

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DW1_XV9A6923-771x1024name: jesper / profession: artist / location: stockholm / weekday: saturday / reference: me working at home (unpaid) with the images from Euro Vision (visions of europe) song contest on domestic work. the polish contribution.

finding peace in the city

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name: charlotte / age: 26 / profession: Student / location: Antwerp / reference: When you’re surrounded by buildings, cars, people it’s hard to find peace. The only way to escape is to look up.

circle of human race

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name: Realizza / age: 25 / profession: domestic worker & visual artist / location: london / weekday: sunday / reference: justice for domestic workers UK. protect, support, understand and campaign for the rights and welfare of all migrant domestic workers in the uk.

In Memory of Athiraman Kannan

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name: trenton / age: 30 / profession: publisher / location: london / weekday: wednesday / reference: on the 11th may 2011 news reached jeddah that a man, later to named athiraman kannan, had the previous day, jumped to his death from the 147th floor of the world’s tallest building; the burji khalifa. from india, he came to dubai to work. he cleaned the newly opened building. in an attempt to honour athiraman kannan, and his courageous call for attention to the lives of migrant workers, that afternoon i photographed what i had in previous weeks started to describe as a ‘pop out city’. these spaces were described to me by the domestic workers as an attempt at permanency, comfort and retreat in an always vulnerable and precarious life as a migrant worker. unlike the families they worked for, whose life exists almost entirely behind these walls, their lives exist on the street, which is forging new notions ‘the public’ in city largely concerned with ‘privacy’. (image taken the 11th may 2011 in al naeem, jeddah.)

no more actors

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name: David / age: 24 / profession: stage director / location: Guadalajara / weekday: tuesday / reference: Cuando sientes que el tiempo corre más rápido que tú y encuentras algo de tu presente en las chinas, porque esos lugares venden más tiempos que objetos.

Four People, Two Grants, Two Exhibitions, one week

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name: Scott / age: 30 / profession: artist & student / location: Glasgow / weekday: thursday

dishes best by hand

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name: Diet / age: 40 / profession: poet & journalist / location: utrecht / weekday: monday / reference: newspaper cutout dagblad trouw

saldão

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IMG_0845baixaname: Luciana / age: 37 / profession: photographer / location: Amsterdam / weekday: tuesday / reference: during my walking around the city centre i found a second hand camera shop in são paulo-brazil

cooking – at home

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name: Paula, Sam, Fionn, Oisin, Roma / age: 36, 34, 10, 1, 0 / profession: artists, activists, architects, researchers, family, writers / location: sheffield / weekday: Saturday / reference: gingerbread. family time, Saturday morning, January 2011. 1 in 3 children living in poverty in the UK. endchildpoverty.org.uk

television

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name: Colin / age: 55 / profession: photographer / location: Bath / reference: watching teletubbies with isabel

masculine / feminine

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name: maría / age: 43 / profession: artist, researcher & teacher / location: barcelona / weekday: monday / reference: still from ‘tiempo real’ (2003) by maría ruido, 43 min.

Laundry

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name: lucía / age: 35 / profession: artist / location: barcelona / weekday: thursday / reference: storm. collect clothes and drop them indoors.

97 HOUSE MAIDS

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name: daniela / age: – / profession: artist / location: barcelona / weekday: wednesday / reference: 97 selected photographs showing groups of Peruvian high class people in daily domestic situations. In the background of each image one can see either a figure or a deletion of a domestic worker. All images have been collected from the social network site Facebook. Project by Daniela Ortiz.

it’s (not) magnolia

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name: vlada / age: 27 / profession: juggling 3 front of house jobs, artist, and domestic work / location: london / reference: been living in a rented shared accommodation for 6 years since university, all the walls are magnolia paint (that horrible not quite white colour), we can’t decorate, the only way to make this room my own is furniture, pictures, rugs and plants.

Autonomous Water Supply

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name: Project 181 / age: 45 & 48 / profession: collaborators / location: Atlanta / weekday: wednesday / reference: gravity drained water tank destined for attic level of autonomous household Water system. project-181.blogspot.com

self-portrait as a housewife

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name: Janneke / age: 30 / profession: Visual artist / location: London / day: saturday / reference: For my 30st birthday my parents gave me a beautiful bone china dinner set, which I took as symbolic hint to move away from my tiny appartment and start a family life. as to fortify that suggestion They also gave me a kitchen apron they had brought back with them from their holiday in Switzerland. so this is me giving my best immitation of a happy housewife.

fisheye

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name: esmee / age: 26 / profession: artist & student / location: amsterdam / weekday: friday / reference: catching – cleaning – cooking

freelancer’s joy

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freelancer delight 2name: Flavia / age: 30 / profession: graphic designer – illustrator / location: toronto / weekday: friday / reference: mi compañero trabajando en su escritorio en compañia de nuestro gato ‘cuco’, algo que jamás podríamos hacer trabajando para un estudio.

good morning!

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name: Agne / age: 24 / profession: artist / location: amsterdam / weekday: sunday / reference: my aunt wakes up every morning at 4:30 Am to feed the pigs in her farm. While her husband will probably get up around 9 to do “manly” works.

the showroom

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name: Realizza / age: 25 / profession: domestic worker & visual artist / location: london / weekday: sunday / reference: justice for domestic workers with Ask! (aktie schone kunsten) at the showroom.

eviction

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IMG_7343name: Juan Carlos / age: 50 / profession: Vividor / location: Madrid / weekday: monday / reference: A woman that has just been evicted from her house

labour bilingualism

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name: maría / age: 43 / profession: artist, researcher & teacher / location: barcelona / weekday: monday / reference: still from ‘tiempo real’ (2003) by maría ruido, 43 min.

birthday cake

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name: Minke / age: 30 / profession: Communication consultant / location: amsterdam / weekday: thursday / reference: Sabrina’s dad baked a huge apple pie for her birthday party. she got sick, no party. we took the cake to our studio and ate it in two days with the five of us.

food journey 1

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name: Ernst / age: 21 / profession: artist / location: Amsterdam / weekday: Monday / reference: Grandma’s on their way to the supermarket. This daily routine is keeping their lifes busy.

Movement n°4

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name: Marilou / age: 21 / profession: Student / location: Amsterdam / weekday: friday / reference: cleanig lady, cleaning dust, above view.

Join the home cleaning army!

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name: arturo / age: 53 / profession: artist and contemporary art researcher / location: Bilbao / reference: My dear roommate Jan took this pic while I was cleaning the bathroom. I a wearing my own sculpture art

food journey 3

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name: Ernst / age: 21 / profession: artist / location: Amsterdam / day: Wednesday / reference: grandma’s on their way to the supermarket. this daily routine is keeping their lifes busy.

pet

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name: Machiel / age: 20 / profession: Art student / location: amsterdam / weekday: wednesday / reference: Invisible pet, named gary. I feed him every day, in return he shits on my kitchen stove. have only seen him twice. one fine friend.

La Pedrera horror story

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foto(1)name: Ariadna / age: 26 / profession: artist & nighttime tour guide / location: Barcelona / weekday: wednesday / reference: waiting for the appearance of a ghost maid during a nighttime tour in the attics of casa milà

cleaning windows

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name: Realizza / age: 25 / profession: domestic worker & visual artist / location: london / weekday: friday / reference: one of the domestic worker’s job is to teach children inside the household the good values of cleanliness and orderliness as they will bring these as they grow.

dirty spaghetti

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name: Larissa / age: 23 / profession: graphic design student / location: antwerp

javi preparando la comida

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NMS
name: neme / age: … / profession: … / location: madrid / weekday: lunes / reference: yo pongo la mesa

moving out and in = life in boxes

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name: alicja / age: 31 / profession: artist / location: amsterdam & warsaw / weekday: saturday / reference: i have changed houses seven times in last years

Home Tools

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name: lucía / age: 35 / profession: artist / location: barcelona / weekday: sunday / reference: blue bathroom mop. red mop for the rest of the house. floor tools

invisibility

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name: marc / age: 30 / profession: visual artist / location: barcelona / weekday: wednesday / reference: modern slavery advertisement

Home Tools

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name: lucía / age: 35 / profession: artist / location: barcelona / weekday: tuesday / reference: tools for cleaning the bathroom half-hidden under the sink, old trick.

the cleaner u get the cleaner u get

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name: Diet / age: 40 / profession: poet & journalist / location: utrecht / weekday: monday / reference: newspaper cutouts dagblad trouw

97 HOUSE MAIDS

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name: daniela / age: 30 / profession: artist / location: barcelona / weekday: monday / reference: 97 selected photographs showing groups of Peruvian high class people in daily domestic situations. In the background of each image one can see either a figure or a deletion of a domestic worker. All images have been collected from the social network site Facebook. Project by Daniela Ortiz.

letto

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAname: Al Fadhil / age: 62 / profession: artist / location: milano / weekday: monday / reference: no text

WASHING PLACE

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name: pilar / age: 51 / profession: architect / location: castellón /
weekday: tuesday / reference: Vicentica is 82 years old. Her son has bought her a washing machine, but she still prefers to use the washing place in the street. She needs a domestic excuse to occupy the public space. Almenara, 1996.

my least favorite domestic chore: the laundry pile!

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name: dooho / age: 31 / profession: artist / location: amsterdam / weekday: wednesday / reference: from an article from internet. she has already great comment on this. My worst enemy, my archerival, my most infamous nemesis, worse than Superman’s krypronite, more daunting than a dark, bleak wintery day, my least favorite domestic chore: The laundry pile!”

Beat your carpets here!

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name: Riitta / age: 57 / profession: social historian & photographer / location: pohjois-haaga, helsinki / reference: Carpet racks are used for beating carpets in the yard. The hum of the vacuum cleaner has largely replaced the sounds of explosion from pounding the carpets. Nevertheless, carpets are still hoisted onto the carpet rack almost ritually for a thorough cleaning. This is often done in midwinter as dust mites die in the freezing cold. In the capital Helsinki, you can find carpet racks adjacent to apartment blocks, single-and multi-family homes and even the Cathedral. These simple and sturdy constructions have been installed for decades in front yards and backyards in the city center as well as the suburbs. Paradoxically enough, while carpet racks have become part of the outdoor furniture, as it were, they tend to pass unnoticed due to their ubiquity. They are also unintended monuments to domestic work. See more racks here: http://www.polarinertia.com/apr12/carpet01.htm

disappearing work into living

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name: Pinky & bunny / age: 9 & 10 / profession: cats / location: the desert / weekday: sunday / reference: we are still working

Eviction

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puerta 3name: Juan Carlos / age: 50 / profession: Vividor / location: Madrid / weekday: monday / title: eviction / reference: This is how they leave the doors of a house after an eviction: sealed

nails

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IMG_1504baixaname: Luciana / age: 37 / profession: photographer / location: Netherlands / weekday: sunday / reference: nails painted, community work, beauty for free, having fun, queen’s day, children, beauty, keep elegant, body painting

out of the box

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name: alice / age: 21 / profession: student / location: Antwerp / reference: my suitcase of paper cut-outs waiting to be repurposed.

me and my cute dog

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name: tessie / age: 39 / profession: domestic helper / location: singapore / weekday: every sunday off / reference: I love my dog so much, even though i have lots of work i still find time to play with her, cos she needs love and attention.

recycle

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name: Flavia / age: 26 / profession: filmmaker / location: amsterdam / weekday: thursday / reference: recycle the function of the household, not only plastic

winnie-the-pooh

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name: Mariya / age: 28 / profession: photographer & student / location: haifa

bang! nice & tidy

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bang!name: Isabel / age: 52 / profession: artist / location: Amsterdam / weekday: wednesday / reference: cleaning and ordening helps me thinking!

a start

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dishwashername: will / age: 25 / profession: writer / location: amsterdam / weekday: tuesday / reference: i have come to enjoy doing the dishes by hand

invisibility

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name: katayoun / age: 27 / profession: art worker / location: amsterdam / weekday: wednesday / reference: how visible is the work of an art worker?

abjected

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name: Realizza / age: 25 / profession: domestic worker & visual artist / location: london / weekday: Thursday / reference: the lady justice was ripped off, beaten, exploited, harassed, humiliated, enslaved, abused, cursed and worst… that lady justice is for sale.

Movement n°3

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name: Marilou / age: 21 / profession: Student / location: Amsterdam / weekday: thursday / reference: Cleaning lady, shaking cloth, side view.

out

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outokname: serena / age: 28 / profession: painter / location: milan / weekday: friday / reference: out of my head

one evening in the life of our table

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name: Cleo / age: 20 / profession: student / location: amsterdam / reference: collective cooking, feminism, home-made revolution, improvised housing

elements

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name: Realizza / age: 25 / profession: domestic worker & visual artist / location: london / weekday: Thursday / reference: picking up shells and stones one thursday afternoon down by the queen elizabeth walk with the children. picture shows various elements of arts.

shopping

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name: maría / age: 43 / profession: artist, researcher & teacher / weekday: tuesday / reference: still from ‘tiempo real’ (2003) by maría ruido, 43 min.

I wash my bowl of flowers

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name: Raquel / age: 35 / profession: photographer / location: Barcelona / weekday: sunday / reference: blue cubes and flowers on the plates

today’s mail

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name: robin / age: 33 / profession: not-writer, maybe-sculptor, student, non-photographer / location: amsterdam / weekday: sunday

half-way under the bed

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name: marina / location: amsterdam / weekday: wednesday / reference: can’t remember what i was doing there

MAKING OF “SUBJECTIVITY AS A MATERIAL TO TRADE”

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name: nadine / age: 38 / profession: artist / location: berlin / weekday: monday-SUNDAY / reference: “SUBJECTIVITY AS A MATERIAL TO TRADE”, WHITE INK ON 1$ bank notes

se questa è una donna…

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name: Daniele / age: 30 / profession: photographer / location: Naples / weekday: monday / reference: when a woman can do everything!

Collective Cooking

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name: Rogier / age: 43 / profession: artist / location: amsterdam / weekday: saturday / reference: collective cocktail production at the birthday party of my friend

i want to be your dog

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name: maurits / age: 28 / profession: writer / location: amsterdam / weekday: monday / reference: every morning my dolphin calf gets me my newspaper. i give her hugs in return.

am/pm

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desktopname: flavia / age: 30 / profession: Graphic designer & illustrator / location: toronto / weekday: Sunday / reference: preparing for graduation. working overtime.

breakfast

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name: luisa / age: 23 / profession: photographer / location: frankfurt am main / weekday: monday / reference: after party delicious breakfast

bouche-évier

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560897_522703-stopperaname: marc / age: 30 / profession: artist / location: amsterdam / weekday: wednesday / reference: sink stopper, marcel duchamp, 1964. he made it unintentionally, filling in the leaking section of his shower head with lead. it eventually became unusable and he had it cast.

remains unsolved

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la fotoname: alejandro / age: 24 / profession: curator / location: london / weekday: tuesday / reference: the politics of/on everyday. SUSTAINABLE TASKS (SEE FOOTNOTE). FEET

I need

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photo (6)name: femke / age: 30 / profession: designer / location: Amsterdam / weekday: monday / reference: i don’t know who you are but your words made me stop. i hope you’ll find what you need.

Invisible Domestic Labour: The Dusting Frenetically Series

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name: Lamis / age: 29 / profession: Housework Practitioner / location: London / weekday: Monday / reference: ‘I perceive that the work we raise is not unique, nor isolated, that the air around it constitutes other surfaces, other grounds, other ceilings […] The work is not made only of itself: the outside exists. The outside shuts me in its whole which is like a room.’ Le Corbusier, Precisions, (New York: MIT Press, 1991) p.78.

yellow gloves

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IslBGname: mirari / age: 26 / profession: photographer & babysitter / location: brooklyn / weekday: sunday / reference: cleaning the front yard

Invisible Domestic Labour: The Dusting Frenetically Series

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name: Lamis / age: 29 / profession: Housework Practitioner / location: London / weekday: Monday / reference: “I perceive that the work we raise is not unique, nor isolated, that the air around it constitutes other surfaces, other grounds, other ceilings […] The work is not made only of itself: the outside exists. The outside shuts me in its whole which is like a room.” Le Corbusier, Precisions, (New York: MIT Press, 1991) p.78.

young workers

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name: margarita / age: 27 / profession: tiring question / location: amsterdam / weekday: sunday / reference: is this domestic? is this labour? (photograph taken by someone in my family of my father and his friends)

97 HOUSE MAIDS

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name: daniela / age: – / profession: artist / location: barcelona / weekday: tuesday / reference: 97 selected photographs showing groups of Peruvian high class people in daily domestic situations. In the background of each image one can see either a figure or a deletion of a domestic worker. All images have been collected from the social network site Facebook. Project by Daniela Ortiz.

feminism

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name: jeleton / age: 12 / profession: unemployed / location: bilbao, barcelona, murcia / weekday: monday / reference: In the biography of the artist, what is important to know as far as this artwork is concerned?

artificial silence

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111name: neodoze / age: 21 / profession: designer / location: madrid / weekday: thursday / reference: Silence. (lat. silentĭum) 1. m. Abstention from speaking. 2. m. Lack of noise. 3. m. Lack or omission of something in writing. Artificial. (lat. Artificialis). 1. adj. By hand or art of man. 2. adj. Unnatural, false. 3. adj. Produced by human ingenuity.

Action 4

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name: Flatten the Mountain (zoe & eira) / age: 26 / profession: Artist collaborative / location: London & Glasgow / weekday: friday / reference: sit on floor and expose lower leg

walk to school in autumn

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name: Marissa / age: 41 / profession: domestic worker & coordinator / location: london / weekday: monday / reference: Walk to school is never boring in autumn…the leaves on the ground would smile and tell me, “OOOppss, watch-out! I would chose among these shapes of wonders and place in my book to keep them warm and safe. as my little girl would greet me with a very sweet smile as we walk home hand in hand. domestic work is work, such responsibility with love and affection with children and families we love and care for need recognition. families are the building block of every nation. justice for domestic workers (j4dw) is making domestic work visible in british society.

shadow

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name: Realizza / age: 25 / profession: domestic worker & visual artist / location: london / weekday: wednesday / reference: we, domestic workers play a big role in molding children inside the household yet we are deprived from recognition and acknowledgement. we are the beginning and end of all labours but we are deprived from being called workers. we are like shadows of the economy and education.

season sale

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name: hanna / age: 22 / profession: art student / location: antwerp / reference: With every season that comes the right outdoor furniture and accessories will be taken out to display and the other ones will be stocked back inside.

urban food desert

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name: Project 181 / age: 45 & 48 / profession: collaborators / location: Atlanta / weekday: sunday / reference: discarded sign found during the demolition of one of the last remaining grocery stores in the neighborhood. project-181.blogspot.com

In Memory of Athiraman Kannan

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name: trenton / age: 30 / profession: publisher / location: london / weekday: wednesday / reference: on the 11th may 2011 news reached jeddah that a man, later to named athiraman kannan, had the previous day, jumped to his death from the 147th floor of the world’s tallest building; the burji khalifa. from india, he came to dubai to work. he cleaned the newly opened building. in an attempt to honour athiraman kannan, and his courageous call for attention to the lives of migrant workers, that afternoon i photographed what i had in previous weeks started to describe as a ‘pop out city’. these spaces were described to me by the domestic workers as an attempt at permanency, comfort and retreat in an always vulnerable and precarious life as a migrant worker. unlike the families they worked for, whose life exists almost entirely behind these walls, their lives exist on the street, which is forging new notions ‘the public’ in city largely concerned with ‘privacy’. (image taken the 11th may 2011 in al naeem, jeddah.)

la ménagère guidant le nettoyage

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name: Daniele / age: 30 / profession: photographer / location: Napoli / weekday: friday / reference: an ironic attempt to mind the immortal Delacroix!

the precious 5th sunday of the month

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name: Marissa / age: 41 / profession: domestic worker & coordinator / location: london / weekday: sunday / reference: domestic workers have no social life. we work very long hours from 16-24 hours a day. with the busy schedules of justice 4 domestic workers (j4DW) we make sure that in a year calendar, the four months with 5 Sundays, J4dw members are out for some fresh air to relax and enjoy. sometimes in the beach, farm, museums and other historic place. we use this as one way to raise fund and encourage other fellow domestic workers to join us in upholding the rights, values and contribution of migrant domestic workers and making domestic work visible in british society.

New work

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name: Sarah / age: 23 / profession: Student / location: Amsterdam / weekday: Friday / reference: My friend works for 2 days at the office and 3 days at home. Often when he works at home he sits slumped on the couch, and sometimes he only wears his bathrobe. They call this “new work”.

bath-time

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name: maiko / age: 33 / profession: curator / location: amsterdam / weekday: thursday / reference: my friend place in berlin. to take a bath you need to pull out the tub from underneath the kitchen sink.

Indonesian training centre for domestic helpers

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name: atherine / age: 44 / profession: teacher / location: Swansea / weekday: friday / reference: In 2005, Isabella stayed in a training agency in Jakarta – with over 700 other girls, all waiting to be sent to Singapore, Malaysia or Hong Kong as a domestic helper. Such training centres are compulsory, as Indonesian agencies claim all their applicants are given cooking and hygiene classes. Most importantly, the girls are also required to learn English. However, Isabella experienced very harsh living conditions in the centre. The days were very long, the girls had to wake up at 5 am, and they could only rest at 11 pm. There were not enough beds, the food was scarce and very basic, with little nutritional value. The centre was locked, and the girls were not allowed outside. They were not allowed to use their phone either. This training centre has been closed recently because it was also found out that under-aged girls were being contracted as a domestic helper. Isabella stayed in the centre 40 days before being sent to Singapore. As she started working, she was then charged 2280 Singapore dollars by the Indonesian agency, which means that for the first 6 months of her employment, her full salary was sent back to the agent and she did not receive any money.

Billboard Performance – performing masculinity

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francescatamse-billboardperformance16-9name: francesca / age: 26 / profession: artist / location: london / weekday: monday / reference: a handsome worker fails to construct the billboard image effectively. it takes him over an hour to compose the advert of his face and body represented, effectively showing his presence as a body rather than in this labour. this performance was made on 24th June 2016 with a public audience in London for the RCa degree show.

Under construction

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name: hanna / age: 22 / profession: student / location: Belgium / reference: We were very lucky when we got this house because of the privacy we had. Most of these other social houses are in-between other ones or even closed in at the garden too. We live in the house at the end of the street so until now we had the privilege of having a nice open view from our terrace and at the side of our house. unfortunately now they started building houses there too so our terrace and the the view from our big window at the back of our house won’t be that private anymore.

jungle

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name: Sébastien / age: 36 / profession: civil servant / location: The hague / weekday: monday / reference: An underpopulated building: the only content of this room is a fax, of that room, a dart game. the people working there seem to abhor its emptiness.

A Dedication of Life

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name: Marissa / age: 41 / profession: domestic worker & coordinator / location: london / weekday: wednesday / reference: (when domestic worker’s sacrifice is too much to bear and fighting to survive is the only way) / “Oh, God! Please Let our sister Live…..”, 6 Months she may survive, 1 year maybe or even 5 years she may reach, A last stage of cancer she is so determine to defeat, Going Home to Philippines seems hell and bitter, As she found sweet refuge in UK as her Home / A smiling face greeted me as I open the door, Full of life with no trace of fear and sorrows, Dying is too near and yet too far to embrace her, Strength within I wonder where it from, As I hold her to feel her warm heart again / A family and life she would live to fight for, Unfulfilled dreams she may have had, Oh, our loving God, her thoughts are so founded and real, As she whisper her wishes through the air, Like an arts of life wandering around / Oh, God! Please let her life be spare, When would that be, please not too soon, Powerless I may to you, I dare not challenge you, You alone and only you would let us live, Oh, not let death be the short vengeance, When living could be her penance of fulfillment.

RSI Day job

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name: Reinilde / age: 25 / profession: Artist / location: Amsterdam / weekday: sunday / reference: Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI). Anybody who regularly makes continuous repetitive motions for a length of time runs the risk of contracting RSI. The initial stage of RSI is characterized by tingling and tired arms, neck or shoulders.  These symptoms can develop into persistent pain and loss of strength in arms and hands. In this phase treatment is often no longer successful.

Dutch treat

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name: Erik / age: 37 / profession: Visual artist / location: Amsterdam / weekday: Monday / reference: Always use a step-stool to reach high places

cleaning tool

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name: lucía / age: 35 / profession: artist / location: barcelona / weekday: tuesday / reference: professional order

bricolage galore

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name: rogier / age: 31 / profession: graphic designer / location: amsterdam / weekday: sunday / reference: contrasting materials assembled for trash define variety of labour of a post-fordist worker.

asambleas del 15M

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IMG_0110name: Sindihogar / Sindillar / profession: domestic and care workers / location: Barcelona / weekday: jueves / reference: Sindihogar taking part in the assembly in Plaza Catalunya, Barcelona.

invisibility

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name: katayoun / age: 27 / profession: freelance writer, curator, translator / location: amsterdam / weekday: Wednesday / reference: mother wants to talk about cleaning

Arguing

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name: Lamis / age: 29 / profession: Housewerk practitioner / location: London / weekday: Sunday / reference: Luce Irigaray, How Can We Live Together in a Lasting Way, Key Writings, London: Continuum, 2004.

no experience required

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name: maría / age: 43 / profession: artist, researcher, teacher / location: barcelona / weekday: monday / reference: still from ‘tiempo real’ (2003) by maría ruido, 43 min.

BEING TANGLED

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DSC_2656name: CAMILLA / age: 26 / profession: ANTIQUES DEALER / location: VERONA / weekday: MONDAY / reference: TANGLED SKYSCRAPER — TANGLED WIRES

Frederick the cactus makes me happy

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frederickname: Carolina / age: 23 / profession: graphic designer & student / location: Bogotá / weekday: monday / reference: small cactus are important. lego skeleton is a gift from my boyfriend. plants and toys can be friends

Moldy jar

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mold013name: Antonia / age: 42 / profession: designer / location: montreal / weekday: saturday / reference: a fungal encounter by chance — cleaning day — domestic networks

Manifestación 1 de mayo

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pancartasindihogar (1)name: sindihogar members are women from, bolivia, nepal, nigeria, chile / age: 20 a 45 / profession: domestic and care workers / location: Barcelona / weekday: wednesday / reference: Sindihogar joining the international woman’s day demonstration. Barcelona 2013.

in charge

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IMG_0023name: info / age: ∞ / profession: unknown / location: berkeley / weekday: wednesday / reference: free reign, open ended, do what you want, take over.

1 minute of heaven

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name: charlotte / age: 26 / profession: student / location: ANtwerp / reference: Living in a dorm is sharing a toilet. This photo was taken after the cleaning lady came by. It’s the only time of the week you don’t find weird liquids in the toilet seat or the floor.

Cleaning structures (pine-tree)

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name: Elsa / age: 26 / profession: Artist / location: Amsterdam / weekday: wednesday / reference: video-still from ‘The pine-tree, the bonsai, and the sequoia’.

alone in the kitchen

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name: pilar / age: 51 / profession: architect / location: castellón / weekday: saturday / reference: After lunch, I hate staying alone in my dark little kitchen, making coffee and doing the washing up. Everybody is laughing in the dining room. 3 metres corridor, my unhappiness. Castellón, 1995.

Action 2

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name: Flatten the Mountain (Zoe & Eira) / age: 26 / profession: Artist collaborative / location: London & Glasgow / weekday: wednesday / reference: hold towel up to head and obscure face

deportation

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name: maría / age: 43 / profession: artist & researcher & teacher / location: barcelona / weekday: monday / reference: danger of deportation. still from ‘tiempo real’ (2003) by maría ruido, 43 min.

recycling the recycle

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name: Marissa / age: 41 / profession: Domestic Worker & Coordinator / location: london / weekday: Tuesday / reference: Domestic workers play major role in keeping environment clean and green. this work and contribution is often unseen when things are done properly but get noticed when things go wrong. justice for domestic workers (J4dw) demand recognition in ‘making domestic work visible in british society’.

In Memory of Athiraman Kannan

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name: trenton / age: 30 / profession: publisher / location: london / weekday: wednesday / reference: on the 11th may 2011 news reached jeddah that a man, later to named athiraman kannan, had the previous day, jumped to his death from the 147th floor of the world’s tallest building; the burji khalifa. from india, he came to dubai to work. he cleaned the newly opened building. in an attempt to honour athiraman kannan, and his courageous call for attention to the lives of migrant workers, that afternoon i photographed what i had in previous weeks started to describe as a ‘pop out city’. these spaces were described to me by the domestic workers as an attempt at permanency, comfort and retreat in an always vulnerable and precarious life as a migrant worker. unlike the families they worked for, whose life exists almost entirely behind these walls, their lives exist on the street, which is forging new notions ‘the public’ in city largely concerned with ‘privacy’. (image taken the 11th may 2011 in al naeem, jeddah.)

quietly and too politely

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name: lucía / age: 35 / profession: artist / location: barcelona / weekday: wednesday / reference: post fordism, post industrial, global tour institutionalized

gold

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name: Luciana / age: 35 / profession: photographer / location: Amsterdam / weekday: sunday /reference: collecting objects, furniture and books from the street.

l’armari

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l'armari name: ariadna / age: 26 / profession: artist, tour guide, facebook seller / location: barcelona / weekday: monday / reference: in order to get new clothes i sell or trade my old ones on facebook. buy here and renew your wardrobe

Semiotics of the kitchen

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wurstelname: marianna / age: 31 / profession: curator / location: Berlin / weekday: Monday / reference: * (8.30 pm, exausted): Did you buy some food for dinner? / ° (still stuck at the laptop): No, I didn’t have time, I had tons of email to answer / *(exausted and a/hu/ngry): I had many emails, too… / °: yes, but you work from home…

The fruit of my Labour

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name: Jena / age: 38 / profession: Domestic worker / location: Singapore / weekday: thursday / reference: While working as a domestic worker, I also think of my future and family even with my little salary, I always make sure that I save every month. So far I have now farmland with fruits  and rice fields. I also managed to build my own house bit by bit. I am looking forward to settle back home with my 2 children and husband waiting for me. I am only few among my fellow domestic workers whose Family is not torn apart by surviving urgent needs only to go home with broken family. domestic workers have to leave our family back home in the hope of better life and future of our children and families. Many do not understand us that we have to leave them but for us it is a matter of love and responsibility with strong hope that one day we can be reunited again.

Cleaning windows

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365days_160name: Anacoreta / age: 57 / profession: domestic worker /  location: amsterdam / day: Thursday / reference: cleaning windows is part of our work.

the tree of life

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name: Realizza / age: 25 / profession: domestic worker & visual artist / location: london/ weekday: sunday / reference: The tree of life. an acrylic painting done by the members of Justice for domestic workers in uk. It is a representation of our struggles and sorrows as individuals in our own land and as migrants in foreign countries who seek for a greener pasture, better living and better future. some succeeded but many failed. we found ourselves in the comfort of our fellow domestic workers. and as one, we fight against exploitation and  human degradation. slavery and isolation. regardless of age, gender and race. we are one vision.

Mom’s Laundry

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name: Sarah / age: 23 / profession: Student / location: Amsterdam / weekday: Sunday / reference: This is my mother at the same age I am now, 23, hanging the laundry out to dry.

juggling clubs

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name: K. / age: 21 / profession: student / location: Antwerp

feeling inspired in portugal

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DSC_0932name: CAMILLA / age: 26 / profession: ANTIQUES DEALER / location: VERONA / weekday: MONDAY / reference: SOMETIMES YOU NEED TO CONNECT WITH EARTH TO GET INSPIRED

endless story

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name: agne / age: 24 / profession: artist / location: amsterdam / weekday: friday / reference: everyday in Lisbon they build their houses from cardboard boxes. every day in different location. at different time. with different neighbors… never the same view through the window.

Boarding life

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name: jort / age: 25 / profession: visual artist / location: amsterdam / weekday: thursday / reference: Dartington Hall School (1926-1987) offered progressive education and a coeducational boarding life. As a first to do so it was notorious for mixed sleeping.

In Memory of Athiraman Kannan

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name: trenton / age: 30 / profession: publisher / location: london / weekday: wednesday / reference: on the 11th may 2011 news reached jeddah that a man, later to named athiraman kannan, had the previous day, jumped to his death from the 147th floor of the world’s tallest building; the burji khalifa. from india, he came to dubai to work. he cleaned the newly opened building. in an attempt to honour athiraman kannan, and his courageous call for attention to the lives of migrant workers, that afternoon i photographed what i had in previous weeks started to describe as a ‘pop out city’. these spaces were described to me by the domestic workers as an attempt at permanency, comfort and retreat in an always vulnerable and precarious life as a migrant worker. unlike the families they worked for, whose life exists almost entirely behind these walls, their lives exist on the street, which is forging new notions ‘the public’ in city largely concerned with ‘privacy’. (image taken the 11th may 2011 in al naeem, jeddah.)

trash can

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name: sarai / age: 24 / profession: graphic designer / location: amsterdam / weekday: sunday / reference: sunday night in front of the tv reorganizing the desktop of my computer. rename finished projects with a clear title for finding it back easier. cleaning ‘never using’ files by using the trash can. ’empty trash can’ rethink did i loose an important software or something?

american way of life — 1942

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IMG_20140714_113140_549name: mirari / age: 26 / profession: photographer & babysitter / location: brooklyn / weekday: tuesday / reference: doing some research at the new york public library’s picture collection

late night foot rub

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IMG_5125 smallname: Liane / age: 26 / profession: art worker & writer / location: beirut, kuwait, new york / weekday: Tuesday / reference: this is what i call the domestic domino effect. clean at home, work at work, clean at work, work at home, sleep at home, clean at home …  image captured in chinatown, new york city, august 6 @ 10:11 pm.

Domestic worker can make a change

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name: Jena / age: 38 / profession: Domestic worker / location: Singapore / weekday: Sunday / reference: We run in aid to save the lives of our fellow domestic workers in destitution. Domestic workers in Singapore are still very vulnerable without rights and protection. We would like to highlight the need to improve the working and living conditions of migrant domestic workers in Singapore. Domestic workers are workers and not slaves.

Picnic 2011

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name: Anacoreta / age: 57 / profession: domestic worker / location: amsterdam / weekday: sunday / reference: A picnic with other domestic workers. Sharing, togetherness and be united as one voice.

architecture student house

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name: sarah / age: 21 / profession: fine arts student / location: rotterdam / weekday: sunday / reference: picture taken in delft

self portrait

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name: Realizza / age: 25 / profession: domestic worker & visual artist / location: london / weekday: tuesday / reference: self-portrait taken at St. paul’s london.

rotting walls

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name: lucía / age: 35 / profession: artist / location: barcelona / weekday: thursday / reference: Storm. leaks and moisture. even water drops where they shouldn’t be, the owner shirks any repair. four layers of paint have been completely useless.

cleaning

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name: ulla / age: 31 / profession: artist / location: amsterdam / weekday: tuesday / reference: my mum is outside the tent cleaning the inside and outside of the tent, inside the light is like an orange sunset that surrounds you. the smell is a basement.

waiting for the summer

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name: Riitta / age: 56 / profession: social historian / location: klaukkala / reference: It’s very handy to dry the laundry outside, but not during the winter.

SANO COME UN PESCE / HEALTHY LIKE A FISH

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IMG_3789name: CAMILLA / age: 26 / profession: ANTIQUES DEALER / location: VERONA / weekday: MONDAY / reference: ACQUARIO IN INDIA

clean up wall street!

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name: ariella / profession: philosopher / location: tel aviv / weekday: tuesday / reference: wall street needs a real clean up

happy face

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name: Marissa / age: 41 / profession: domestic worker / coordinator / location: london / weekday: Thursday / reference: I normally cook the beans mixed with any other vegetable as soup base for her pasta dinner ready to serve with grilled/oven fresh steak, chicken fillet or fish fillet. when becky is back from school the moment we enter the house she will say, “I’m Hungry!” so I make sure I have ready food to serve because I know she is starving hungry beautiful creature. domestic work is invisible and ignored – indeed the better they are at their work the more invisible it is. Domestic work is support work, unnoticed if it is done well, but noticed if it isn’t done. Justice for domestic workers (j4dw) in making domestic work visible in british society.

weekly countdown

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name: charlotte / age: 26 / profession: Student / location: Antwerpen / reference: Every week I count down the days until the weekend. So I can escape the city and go back to the countryside, where it’s peaceful and where I’m surrounded by nature.

my day bedroom

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name: Realizza / age: 25 / profession: domestic worker & visual artist / location: london / weekday: monday / reference: this is just one piece of revelations of being a domestic worker. my room is a room of work. i wake up with with laundries and sleep with them at the end of the day.