cleaning tool

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

A Dedication of Life

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

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.

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.

working the streets

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

bang! nice & tidy

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

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

it never ends

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Laundry

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name: lucía / age: 35 / profession: artist / location: barcelona / weekday: thursday / reference: groups of clothes separated by color or tones and fabrics. attention, error means the end of a garment —delicate, hand—

javi preparando la comida

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

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.

what do you want to reach?

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

juggling clubs

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

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.

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.)

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!

reading while dreaming

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

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?

luggage to work

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name: marissa / age: 41 / profession: domestic worker & coordinator / location: london / weekday: wednesday / reference: our employers work in the city and often travel for work around the globe leaving their most precious children and home to a domestic worker. Our contribution has been isolated and always treated as something unimportant. Domestic work is the beginning and end of all labour. Justice for domestic workers (j4Dw) is making domestic work visible in british society.

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.

BEING TANGLED

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

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.

being a prop bitch pays, untill the paint fumes kill

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name: Laura Jane / age: 23 / profession: cinema worker & print maker / location: hackney / weekday: monday / reference: we worked last summer for a prop design company in brixton, we had to trim 1000 giant paper roses that were made in china and then shipped over to us to trim and style and then be painted because they had been made in the the wrong colour. The roses painted the roses in the same room as us which had no ventilation but we were not allowed to open the roll up door because the warehouse backed onto coldharbour lane which we got told by a man walking by when did rebel and open the shutter that this was murder mile, but everywhere in london has there own murder mile. this was a horrible job but it was the best paid job ive had since i graduated with a fine art degree.

second photograph I ever took

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

kitchen

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name: Sarah / age: 23 / profession: student / location: amsterdam / weekday: wednesday / reference: Amsterdam City Archives, typically old-fashioned household in Amsterdam, woman cooks for the family.

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.

moustache u a question

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

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.

x-mas

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

the desperate kingdom of love

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

Join the home cleaning army!

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

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.

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.)

AIsd

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

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

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?

Action 3

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

Cleaning structures (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’.

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.)

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.

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.

Post-Fordism

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

tools

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

Movement n°3

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

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.

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

bath-time

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

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

disappearing work into living

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

third photograph I ever took

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

Leaving home

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name: pilar / age: 51 / profession: architect / location: castellón / weekday: friday / reference: She is leaving home, but her only hand luggage is the shopping trolley, so she will go back. Another domestic excuse to occupy the public space. amsterdam, 1998.

a start

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

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.

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.

dirty spaghetti

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

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.

In Memory of Athiraman Kannan

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

Sombras en el aeropuerto

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

artificial silence

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

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.

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.

Ventilate

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230_Wednesday_Ventilate-768x1024name: Diet / age: 40 / profession: poet & journalist / location: utrecht / weekday: wednesday / reference: newspaper cutout dagblad trouw

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’.

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

dirty laundry

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

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.

oz

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name: tessa / age: 30 / profession: visual artist / location: berlin / weekday: wednesday / reference: uranium concentrate (aka. yellow cake) is being raked and dried in a factory. The yellow color gets lost during the refining process.

Time for Happiness

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name: Anacoreta / age: 57 / profession: domestic worker / location: amsterdam / weekday: saturday / reference: Hawaiian Party held in Zeeland on summer 2011 with friends from our community.

Dustbunny Galore

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

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.

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)

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.

CLEAN BEDSPREADS

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

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.

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.

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.

winnie-the-pooh

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

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

artists need a clean house too

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

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.

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.

deportation

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

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.

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

truth will make you free

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

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.

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.

Laundry

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

box office

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

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.

hibernation

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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!

invisibility

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

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.

Planting

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Collective Cooking

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

beau travail

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

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

twillight

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

shopping

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

Busy all the week

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

sleep

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531125_4430186591991_2090806915_nname: Felipe / age: 27 / profession: artist / location: Bogotá / weekday: Monday / reference: What you experience in daily life is never freedom.

fisheye

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

urban food desert

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

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.

synecdoche vs metonymy

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

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 (…)

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.

toys

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

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.

breakfast

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

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.

frame within a frame

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

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.

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

letto

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

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.

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…

STANDING BY

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

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

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.

the undesirables

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

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.

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!

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

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?

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.)

Autonomous Water Supply

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

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

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.

invisibility

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

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.

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

tower

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

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.

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

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.

thinking time

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

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’.

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.

gardening

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

television

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

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.

Cultivating

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

emmer

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

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.)

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

Inutensílios

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

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

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

today’s mail

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

invisibility

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

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

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

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.

am/pm

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

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.

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.

Raval

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

Mr

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

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.

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.

orange juice

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

care givers don’t have labor rights

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name: Irene / age: 42 / profession: artist / location: Terrassa / weekday: wednesday / reference: on a strike day in Catalunya, the care labor workers do not have the right nor the chance to strike. The revolution needs to be a feminist one.

jungle

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

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.

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

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.

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.

Vanity

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

choose your cat

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

one second before getting started

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

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.

food journey 3

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

Mujeres activistas construyendo radio

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576471_428654337159797_1225850969_nname: Isabel y Magali / age: 45 / profession: domestic and care workers / location: Barcelona / weekday: saturday / reference: radio workshop Centro Cultural Francesca Bonnemaison. Radio Pakita. Sindihogar / Sindillar

boating for beginners

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

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.

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.

menu diario

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

furniture shopping

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

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

milanese worker

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

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.

sphere

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

Four People, Two Grants, Two Exhibitions, one week

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

macetas

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

working at home

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

******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! 😉

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.

The fruit of my Labour

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

cleaning tool

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

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.

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.

half-way under the bed

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

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.

Making Music

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

home security

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

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.

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.

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?

Reminder

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name: Machiel / age: 20 / profession: Art student / location: Amsterdam / weekday: Thursday / reference: last week is still present on the kitchen stove.

weekly countdown

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

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.

bad tactic

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

boiling bottles

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

Beat your carpets here!

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

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.

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!

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.

the missing part

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name: Ella / age: 35 / profession: artist / location: jerusalem / reference: Yesterday i told my friend that i can’t stand peuple put photos of their children without clothing on social media. But then, i just couldn’t resist the magic

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

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

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…

hoover in the dark

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

self portrait

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

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.

gold

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

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.)

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.

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

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

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

lush girl

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

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.

my least favorite domestic chore: the laundry pile!

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

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.

anytime, anywhere, anyhow

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

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.

“Lenin” Jozo Kljaković, 1924

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

my binoculars to see the dark side of the moon

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

yellow gloves

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

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)

Diamonds are forever

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

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.

domestic workers in the UK are now caged, set us free!!!

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name: marissa
age: 41
profession: domestic worker / coordinator
location: london
weekday: Tuesday
reference: tying migrant domestic workers to employers equal slavery and trafficking. Justice 4 domestic workers (j4DW) fight back to restore domestic worker visa with rights.

the showroom

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name: Realizza / age: 25 / profession: domestic worker &