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.

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.

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’.

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.)

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.

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.)

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 .

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.

good morning!

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name: Agne / age: 24 / profession: artist / location: amsterdam / weekday: sunday / reference: my aunt wakes up every morning at 4:30 Am to feed the pigs in her farm. While her husband will probably get up around 9 to do “manly” works.

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.

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.)

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’.

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.

WASHING PLACE

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name: pilar / age: 51 / profession: architect / location: castellón /
weekday: tuesday / reference: Vicentica is 82 years old. Her son has bought her a washing machine, but she still prefers to use the washing place in the street. She needs a domestic excuse to occupy the public space. Almenara, 1996.

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!

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 round the globe leaving their most precious children and home to a domestic worker. This contribution has been isolated and always treated as something exceptional and unimportant. Domestic work is the beginning and end of all labour. Justice for domestic workers (j4Dw) is making domestic work visible in british society.

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.

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.

inedible

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

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!

saldão

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IMG_0845baixaname: Luciana / age: 37 / profession: photographer / location: Netherlands / weekday: tuesday / reference: during my walking around the city centre i found a second hand camera shop in são paulo-brazil

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.

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?

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…

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.

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.

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.

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)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.)

big foot

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name: Realizza / age: 25 / profession: domestic worker & visual artist / location: london / weekday: saturday / reference: saturday night is my bedtime story night with the big boys i’m taking care after to. photo taken in singapore.

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.

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!”

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.

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.

fleeting vanitas

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

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.

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.)

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.

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.

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.

The house museum is a western concept

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name: andrea / age: 32 / profession: writer & part time bookseller / location: this time shanghai / weekday: saturday / reference: ladislau Hudec was shanghai’s most important art deco architect.  In China i slipped in his house, opened drawers, looked through the dusty windows and took this picture. next to its door, there is a plaque: “Residence of Hudec. Designed by ladislau hudec. built in 1930. masonry structure. english country house style”. according to my guide, now it’s a museum.

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.

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

Download this bilderkritik soon (in pdf format)

 

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.)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.)

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.

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.

Sunflower

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

a mouse hole

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

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.

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)

tools

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

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.

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.

lint explorer

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

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.

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.

rotting walls

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name: lucía / age: 35 / profession: artist / location: barcelona / weekday: thursday / reference: Storm. leaks and moisture. even water drops where they shouldn’t be, the owner shirks any repair. four layers of paint have been completely useless.

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.

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.

the tree of life

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name: Realizza / age: 25 / profession: domestic worker & visual artist / location: london/ weekday: sunday / reference: The tree of life. an acrylic painting done by the members of Justice for domestic workers in uk. It is a representation of our struggles and sorrows as individuals in our own land and as migrants in foreign countries who seek for a greener pasture, better living and better future. some succeeded but many failed. we found ourselves in the comfort of our fellow domestic workers. and as one, we fight against exploitation and  human degradation. slavery and isolation. regardless of age, gender and race. we are one vision.

oyster

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IMG_1453baixaname: Luciana / age: 36 / profession: photographer / location: amsterdam / weekday: sunday / reference: time for a surprise on the street.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

feeding birds

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name: Luciana / age: 35 / profession: photographer / location: Amsterdam / weekday: monday / reference: One of my passions are birds. If I had to choose other form of existence I would rather be a bird. I love to watch the birds. The winter came and I feel worried about them how difficult is to get food. I feed birds every day.

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.

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.

free wifi

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name: maiko / age: 33 / profession: curator / location: amsterdam / weekday: thursday / reference: cafe in berlin. taking a moment to eat my salad after frantically catching up on emails (no internet where i was staying).

home economics

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

Mr

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

moving

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

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.

lonely

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

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

dirty creature

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

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.

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.

brigadeiro

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IMG_1459name: Luciana / age: 36 / profession: photographer / location: Netherlands / weekday: sunday / reference: homesick, brigadeiro, brasil, sweet, cooking at home, making a girl happy, back 20, party

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.

nails

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IMG_1504baixaname: Luciana / age: 37 / profession: photographer / location: Netherlands / weekday: sunday / reference: nails painted, community work, beauty for free, having fun, queen’s day, children, beauty, keep elegant, body painting

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.

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.

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.

Domestic worker can make a change

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name: Jena / age: 38 / profession: Domestic worker / location: Singapore / weekday: Sunday / reference: We run in aid to save the lives of our fellow domestic workers in destitution. Domestic workers in Singapore are still very vulnerable without rights and protection. We would like to highlight the need to improve the working and living conditions of migrant domestic workers in Singapore. Domestic workers are workers and not slaves.

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.

New work

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name: Sarah / age: 23 / profession: Student / location: Amsterdam / weekday: Friday / reference: My friend works for 2 days at the office and 3 days at home. Often when he works at home he sits slumped on the couch, and sometimes he only wears his bathrobe. They call this “new work”.

cleaning

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

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.

slaughterhouse

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

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.

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 overprotects part of the population and neglects the basic rights others.

pipol at tate

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

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.

bouche-évier

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560897_522703-stopperaname: marc / age: 30 / profession: artist / location: amsterdam / weekday: wednesday / reference: sink stopper, marcel duchamp, 1964. he made it unintentionally, filling in the leaking section of his shower head with lead. it eventually became unusable and he had it cast.

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.

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.

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.)

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.

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?

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.

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.

Lazy way, Napoli way

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

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.

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.

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.)