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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sunflower

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name: Anacoreta / age: 57 / profession: domestic worker / location: amsterdam / weekday: wednesday / reference: there is always hope for domestic workers to have a better life, respect and to be recognized within society.

half-way under the bed

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

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.

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.

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…

“Lenin” Jozo Kljaković, 1924

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

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.

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.

coqueteria

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name: marc / age: 31 / profession: visual artist / location: amsterdam / weekday: wednesday / reference: spread from ‘Coqueteria. Album de Intimidades de la Mujer española’ publishing date unknown.

dirty spaghetti

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

television

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

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.

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.

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

winnie-the-pooh

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

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

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.

christmas lantern

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name: wilma / age: 43 / profession: domestic worker & fundraiser / location: London / weekday: sunday /reference: this is my own creation made of recycled straw and paper. J4DW is working towards positive recognition and visibility of domestic work in british society.this is my way of remembering our own filipino tradition and this also help me to ease my loneliness of celebrating christmas away from my family and home with my justice 4 domestic workers (j4dw) family in the UK.

dirty creature

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filthy-creaturename: laura / age: 25 / profession: teacher & artist / location: wolverhampton / weekday: tuesday / reference: The studio sink, a filthy creature shared by many, it cleans but never gets cleaned.

a kitchen with a view

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name: Riitta / age: 57 / profession: social historian & photographer / location: kivinokka, helsinki / reference: taken in a small summer cafeteria in helsinki.

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.

one second before getting started

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

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

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.

too young to use a hoover

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229_Wednesday_Too-young-copy-434x1024name: marc / age: 30 / profession: visual artist & photographer / location: amsterdam / weekday: wednesday / reference: (caption) Karl Walker was told by a cleaning company that he is not allowed to use a hoover because he is too young. Law protects part of the population and neglects the basic rights others.

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.

home economics

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name: jenny / age: 32 / profession: producer / location: sant martí vell / weekday: tuesday / reference: Thoreau’s intention during his time at Walden Pond was “to conduct an experiment: Could he survive, possibly even thrive, by stripping away all superfluous luxuries, living a plain, simple life in radically reduced conditions?” He thought of it as an experiment in “home economics”. Although Thoreau went to Walden to escape what he considered, “over-civilization”, and in search of the “raw” and “savage delight” of the wilderness, he also spent considerable amounts of his time reading and writing.

dirty laundry

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009name: Angela / age: 27 / profession: student / artist / location: Madrid / weekday: Monday / reference: the knife and the fight

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

organizing

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name: ANACORETA / age: 57 / profession: DOMESTIC WORKER / location: the netherlands / weekday: Monday / reference: informing other domestic workers about the importance of being together fighting for workers rights.

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

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.

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.

Raval

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

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.

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.

boiling bottles

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boiling bottlesname: emily / age: 34 / profession: mother-artist / location: toronto / weekday: friday /

busy week

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name: agne / age: 24 / profession: artist / location: amsterdam / weekday: thursday / reference: work-academie-party-bed-work-academie-party-bed

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.

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.)

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.

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.

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.

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

A GIFT FOR MY eyes

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clean-dishesname: Noemí / age: 42 / profession: RETOUCHER & IMAGE EDITOR / location: BARCELONA / weekday: MONDAY / reference: a gift of reflections and colors for my eyes

raise

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name: Realizza / age: 25 / profession: domestic worker & visual artist / location: london / weekday: sunday / reference: domestic workers played a big role in mouldin children in the UK. Photo taken by me at the rainbow park, southbank, London.

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

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.

Breaking Walls

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name: pilar / age: 51 / profession: architect / location: castellón / weekday: sunday / reference: Finally, I have decided to open my kitchen, my prison. Using the hammer, I felt my freedom was beginning. Photo taken in Castellón, 1993.

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!

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.

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.

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!

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.

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

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

pee in pink

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name: Denise / age: 28 / profession: graphic designer / location: tokio / weekday: monday / reference: boy, sit down to pee! thanks, mum.

new project

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

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

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?

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.

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.

anytime, anywhere, anyhow

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

inedible

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name: Kim / age: 54 / profession: artist, curator / location: St. louis Missouri/ weekday: thursday / reference: a trash bin behind a tourist oriented restaurant on Laclede’s landing near the st louis arch. how nice of them to label the can for those that might think otherwise!

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.)

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.

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.

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.

The corner of my room

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name: yixiang / age: 20 / profession: student / location: London / reference: I am a student who lives in London by myself. I have the habit of accumulating a lot of laundry and doing it all at once because I can’t afford to spend time washing clothes every day. When I am at my parents home, my mother does the laundry for the whole family every day.

today’s mail

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

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.

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

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.

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’.

lonely

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name: agne / age: 24 / profession: artist / location: amsterdam / weekday: monday / reference: collective cooking. the last sausage in the pan. was it too short / long / ugly / perfect?

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.

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!

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.

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.

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

slaughterhouse

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slaughterhouse name: elsa / age: 21 / profession: student / location: besançon / weekday: thursday / reference: self-representation, voluntary work with friends in slaughterhouse. Impossible to enter in the rooms of killing. try to understand, meat. work easy but place cold and strange.

twillight

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name: Zeev / age: 36 / profession: Filmmaker / location: jerusalem / reference: self-portrait taken by my daughter before going to bed.

commodified Zen-ness

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10931463_918783888156147_338651322833561654_nname: SinQuenza / profession: artist & curator / location: home / weekday: funday / reference: domestic safety vs wanderlust.

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.

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

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.

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?

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.

La cité des dames

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name: ariella / profession: philosopher / location: tel aviv / weekday: monday / reference: the french philosopher Christine de Pizan constructing a house

cleaning

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name: Luciana / age: 35 / profession: photographer / location: Amsterdam / weekday: saturday / reference: house upside down. working hard to circulating a positive energy. I believe when you organize things, you get good results.

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

frame within a frame

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name: alice / age: 21 / profession: student / location: antwerp

bad tactic

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

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.

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.

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.

the undesirables

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

lidenesque

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name: sebastien / age: 36 / profession: civil servant / location: The hague/ weekday: sunday / reference: in 8 years, I went to this place only once.

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.

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)

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

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)

moving

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

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.)

lush girl

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Lush girlename: Al Fadhil / age: 62 / profession: artist / location: milano / weekday: monday / reference: no text

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.

dishes best by hand

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

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

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.

café com leite

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catherinebianca_cafecomleitename: catherine / age: 25 / profession: graphic artist / location: sao paulo / weekday: tuesday / reference: the afternoon work: café com leite

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.

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.

mi casa es tu casa

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wahing machinename: luca / age: 27 / profession: graphic designer / location: amsterdam / weekday: monday / reference: in order to cover the whole rent of the studio i live in, me and my landlord –which often comes to work here– decided to rent my bedroom on airbnb to tourists for some 10 days a month. in this way, we can continue to use this space, but we have to take care of changing bed sheets and towels, fixing the windows for the winter, warming up the space before they arrive, clean after they left, and having our stuff always randomly displaced across the studio. be the boss of yourself—one step further.

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.

Laundry

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

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.

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.

gingerbread exchanged in conversation about child poverty

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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, uk / weekday: Saturday / reference: gingerbread. family time, Saturday morning, city centre. January 2011. 1 in 3 children living in poverty in the Uk. endchildpoverty.org.uk

orange juice

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011name: Angela / age: 27 / profession: student, artist / location: Madrid / weekday: sunday / reference: good breakfast

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.

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.

Picture Work

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art wallsname: stephen / age: 61 / profession: curator & artist / location: de pere, wisconsin / weekday: once a month / reference: much like cleaning can really change the atmosphere in a positive way, I’ve also found that frequently changing the art on the walls of my home has a very invigorating effect. this might require making new art, getting your friends to loan you some, checking out thrift stores or buying art within your budget on the web. buy some of those cheap pop-out frames and you can easily exchange printed matter works with little hassle (i use photo-corners to temporarily hold the works in place). experiment with different ways of hanging the works—salon style works well in both a large or small living space. its easy to get stuck with the same old stuff on the walls—change it and you’ll see & feel the difference!

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?

Siesta

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siesta
name: Angela / age: 27 / profession: Artist & student / location: Madrid / weekday: Sunday / reference: When you wake up and then there is a war into your livingroom and you feel afraid of humans

WOMEN’S STRENGHT

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IMG_4505name: camilla / age: 26 / profession: ANTIQUES DEALER / location: VERONA / weekday: MONDAY / reference: HOW MUCH WOMEN CAN BEAR

coffee and dreams

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name: Flavia / age: 26 / profession: filmmaker / location: amsterdam / weekday: Sunday / reference: what you have left after the best night of your life

juggling clubs

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

hoover in the dark

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

Mr

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

dinner

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name: leanne / age: 21 / profession: graphic design student / location: london / weekday: thursday / title: dinner / reference: a meal bought by a lorry driver in france

my binoculars to see the dark side of the moon

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

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.

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

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

Lazy way, Napoli way

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DSC_0043name: Lorena / age: 34 / profession: Psychologist / location: Móstoles / weekday: — / reference: If you need to buy something, you only have to put the money in this “technology” and go down with the rope, shouting someone will put in and go up it!

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.

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

cleaning tool

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

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

fleeting vanitas

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SAM_0204 (3)name: Jason / age: 29 / profession: writer, invigilator, work from home, artist / location: london / weekday: monday / reference: following a shower before preparing for work. was i presentable? the mirror had be cleaned the previous day and i did not want to leave smudge marks. but there was no time to wait, there never is. so i lightly pressed a scrunched up towel onto its canvas of condensation.

fisheye

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

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.

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!

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.

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!

invisibility

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

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

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.

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’.

macetas

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

creature comforts nr.1

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name: bernardo / age: 28 / profession: artist / location: amsterdam / weekday: tuesday / reference: concrete, polyurethane, pine wood. photography by thamanta roeber, 2010.

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

Conceptual artists on the rampage

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11828802_671455872998791_658406025771658231_nname: micheál / age: 42 / profession: autonomous artist / location: archway, london / weekday: friday / reference: @mocksim

not going to the supermarket

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cistellsname: llibreria La caníbal sccl / age: 6 months / profession: bookstore clerks / location: barcelona / weekday: tuesday / reference: store local farmers’ ecologic vegetables for urban customers to pick them up. if you have a urban space with a regular opening schedule, offer it at no cost to local farmers/customers as a picking point. and let monsanto burn in hell.

MIRRORING MY MORNING

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mirrorname: manu / age: 35 / profession: graphic designer / location: zurich / weekday: Sunday / reference: THIS ‘ICH’ MIRROR IS PART OF AN INSTALLATION OF GLASS PIECES IN THE BEAUTIFUL GARDEN OF A GOOD FRIEND. VISITING HIM AND HIS FAMILY IN THE COUNTRY IS LIKE GOING TO AN ISLAND…WITH TIME FOR REFLECTING ABOUT MYSELF, SITTING THERE…DAZZLED BY LITTLE REFLECTIONS DANCING ON THE PLANTS.

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.

am/pm

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

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”.

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.

Sewing

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

domestic finance

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Domestic Finance name: Yuji / age: 26 / profession: student / location: madrid / weekday: thursday / title: Domestic Finance / reference: thursday, 23:53, calculating the value of your month.

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

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.)

javi preparando la comida

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

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.

domestic worker visa

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name: Marissa / age: 41 / profession: domestic worker & coordinator / location: london / weekday: saturday / reference: Domestic worker visa is the life of migrant domestic workers. without rights and protection the more abuse, exploitation and trafficking. Domestic worker visa is the prevention of trafficking, it is a medicine that cures that disease. Justice for domestic workers (j4dw) fights back to restore domestic worker visa with rights.

Diamonds are forever

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

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’.

breakfast

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

tower

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name: tziki / age: 42 / profession: artist and teacher / location: haifa / reference: improvised sculpture while cleaning the house

Movement n°4

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

reading while dreaming

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

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.

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.

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.

cleaning tool

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

home security

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

cleaning dust

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name: binna / age: 34 / profession: director & curator / location: utrecht / weekday: tuesday / reference: domestic work as a suspension of other work at home riddled with anxiety (over the spent time and therefore less time for other work or experiencing catharsis (getting things done and making a proper home ground) it demands its own time and peace.

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’.

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

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 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.)

pipol at tate

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name: Realizza / age: 25 / profession: domestic worker & visual artist / location: london / weekday: wednesday / reference: Sky, shadow, tate. millennium bridge. cold wind. soft breath. a lovely noon

luminaria

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foto-2name: mario / age: 31 / profession: unknown / location: madrid / weekday: friday / reference: todo en esta vida es reversible

primary structures gone wild

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la foto 1name: alejandro / age: 24 / profession: curator / location: london / weekday: wednesday / reference: bedroom — in order to crease domestic wildness (…)

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sending Box home

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976362_10200481970633777_1675221161_oname: Jena / age: 38 / profession: domestic worker / location: singapore / weekday: Wednesday / reference: Sending things home for our family in Philippines.

la culture

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

emmer

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

the inbetweens

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name: margarita / age: 27 /
location: amsterdam / weekday: tuesday / reference: everything before and after this breakfast table is domestic work. gathering, preparing, setting… then, gathering, cleaning, putting away. it is always bookended by these tasks, so you draw out the inbetween for as long as you can. (photograph of my grandfather and our daily breakfast ritual)

hibernation

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

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.

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.

yellow gloves

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

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?

menu diario

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

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

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.

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.

tools

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

lint explorer

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Lint Explorer (werker)name: ronan / age: 23 / profession: artist / location: brittany, france / weekday: tuesday / reference: tumble dryer filter (img1) and dried clothes in a tumble dryer (img2). from the same drying sequence.

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.)

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

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.)

dust explorer

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Dust Explorer (werker)name: ronan / age: 23 / profession: artist / location: brittany / weekday: wednesday / reference: robot vacuum cleaner and blue raw pigment on tiling

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

temporary housing on coldharbour lane

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name: Laura Jane / age: 23 / profession: cinema worker & print maker / location: hackney / weekday: wednesday / reference: work break

******grow-bathing******

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name: Mar / age: 27 / profession: art student / location: Barcelona / reference: gorgeous project I really love to share private domestic spaces, so much info between rooms! 😉

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.

heating

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name: maiko / age: 33 / profession: curator / location: amsterdam / weekday: thursday / reference: my friend’s place in berlin. finally got the fire burning after using the cardboard from the box that the logs came in, as tinder.

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.

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

sweet sunday

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name: Alec / age: 18 / profession: Art student / location: amsterdam / weekday: Sunday / reference: Self-portrait. facing the mess in the early morning, starting to clean after a last cigarette…

letto

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

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.

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.

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.

please do not touch

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Magdalenaname: Magdalena / age: 28 / profession: artist / location: madrid / weekday: saturday / title: please do not touch / reference: in a autoedition fair — into a “cultural (house) center” — on a saturday — had taken a lot of beer

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

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

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.

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.

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.

a mouse hole

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name: dooho / age: 31 / profession: artist / location: amsterdam / weekday: wednesday / reference: image taken from an article which is titled, DIY – The Lesbian Love Nest. While they are building their lovely sweet room, a mouse hole was found and they covered it with meshed tape in this photo. ugly trace but lovely moment!

choose your cat

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name: flavia / age: 26 / profession: filmmaker / location: amsterdam / weekday: Saturday / reference: not the dishes

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

white / blue

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name: sebastien / age: 36 / profession: civil servant / location: The hague / weekday: tuesday / reference: someone left these two conceptual monochromes in my office

ugali

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

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

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.)

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.

cholent

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

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.

Dustbunny Galore

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name: caro / age: 38 / profession: photographer / location: ghent / weekday: wednesday / reference: Dustbunny galore – capitalism revisited! powered by Miele

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.