unfinished novel

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name: andrea / age: 32 / profession: writer & part-time bookseller / location: barcelona / weekday: sunday / reference: en mi biblioteca hay un tramo en el que las cosas dejan de estar en vertical porque no caben… ¡o necesitan descasar!

Mr

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

Multitasking

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name: linda pongutá / age: 28 / profession: artist / location: Bogotá / reference: Las multinacionales son consecuencia del pensamiento globalizado y progresista, innumerables poblaciones de personas están siendo arrojadas al servilismo y a las nuevas manifestaciones de esclavitud,  de hecho no tan nuevas si pensamos en la similitud de las cadenas con las máquinas y el dinero. El trabajador está desprotegido, y con ninguna opción distinta a la de asalariarse para poder comer e intentar sobrevivir a costa del deterioro del cuerpo y la ausencia de libertad, Telecom, aparte de anunciar el progreso de Colombia, anclado en vagas reminiscencias  y desposeído por la colonización, intentó renovar la utopía del avance en un momento de tránsito hacia el neoliberalismo y las nuevas tecnologías, trabajadoras y trabajadores tenía más derechos que deberes, ya que eran instrumento digno de sus opresores, salarios justos cubrían el doble de las necesidades vitales; descansos, vacaciones, capacitación de alta calidad y derecho sindical impregnaron un momento donde resonaba la libertad y la posibilidad, la transición de siglo y  de pensamiento deterioro este ideal; Telecom liquidó en el gobierno del expresidente Álvaro Uribe Vélez, promotor de la contratación por prestación de servicios y  el cierre de las empresas estatales en Colombia en un lento proceso impregnado de decadencia y corrupción ya que la mayoría de la infraestructura permanece abandonada y una pequeña parte restante subarrendada a Telefónica España. La situación de los y las trabajadores en América Latina es precaria, el salario mínimo mensual no cubre las necesidades básicas de un individuo, ni tampoco tiene en cuenta sus hijos o las personas que requieran de su apoyo, en esta sociedad ayudar es lujo, y la libertad no tiene precio.

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.

leaking water

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DSC00195name: catoo / age: 19 / profession: art student / location: amsterdam / weekday: sunday / reference: office toilet changed into bathroom but please don’t use this shower, it’s leaking to much water.

toys

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

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.

beau travail

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name: rogier / age: 30 / profession: graphic designer & artist / location: amsterdam / weekday: thursday / reference: still from ‘beau travail’ (1999) by claire denis, 90 min. with denis lavant, michel subor, grégoire colin, richard courcet. this film focuses on an ex-foreign legion officer as he recalls his once glorious life, leading troops in the gulf of djibouti.

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.