gold

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

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.

twillight

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

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.)

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.

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.

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

Hackney Flashers

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

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.

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.