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.

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.

working on land!

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name: valery / age: do not remember / profession: photographer / location: St. Petersburg / weekday: wednesday / reference: Working at my mother’s garden. This is some kind anti melancholy pill for me – working on land!

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.)

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.

gold

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

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

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.