London — Bilderkritik 2

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werker3_bilderkritik_2_10 copyBilderkritik 2 – Doors & Windows was organised at The Showroom within their Communal Knowledge program. Members from Justice for Domestic Workers (J4DW), a self-organised group of migrant domestic workers who work in private houses in the UK, were the main participants of the workshop. Young artists, curators and  activists completed the group. We started with a brief introduction to werker magazine and the worker photographer movement, followed by a collective reading of the outcome of Bilderkritik 1 – Kitchen. Some members of J4DW felt the urge to add their personal stories. They wrote them on sticky notes which created an unexpected intervention into the current design. Previous hesitations about the connection of the project to the Domestic Workers in struggle seemed to have been sorted out.

The following tags were created: Immigration, Hierarchy, Education, Mobility, Safe / Unsafe, Motivation, A Room of Ones Own, Visibility / Invisibility

London — Bilderkritik 3

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Bilderkritik 3 – Laundry took place at Tate Modern part of Work Like This, an event exploring how strategies of art production and distribution can inform and support social movements related to labour and visibility. The Contributors to this event were: Justice for Domestic Workers, Andrea Franke, and Werker Magazine. This event was organised in collaboration with The Showroom. A discussion about the adequacy of categorising laundry as a room of the Network was raised. Laundry is a domestic task that can take place either in public space or in domestic space; In a room solely dedicated to that task or sharing functions of other rooms as the bathroom or the bedroom of a domestic worker (see contribution: my day bedroom). We decide to keep Laundry as a room in the Network since we find revealing the discussion it generates.

The following tags were created: Family, Public / Private, Relentlessness, Playfulness