07.19.12 / Amsterdam — Bilderkritik 1: kitchen

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Bilderkritik 1 – Kitchen was attended by Binna (Curator, 34), Katayoun (Cultural worker, 28), Maiko (Curator, 34), Marc (Visual artist, 31), Roland (Psychologist, 36), Rogier (Graphic designer, 31). The location of the Bilderkritik is a shared apartment flat of initiators and members of the Network. After enjoying a delicious collective meal prepared by our hosts, we began by looking closely at the 48 images that were categorized under the Kitchen section of the Domestic Worker Photographer Network website. We discussed the adequacy of the tags that were originally given to every image and decided to create more essential ones, pointing directly the material core of every picture. A wall scheme helped us visualizing the new categories and in-between relations. Bilderkritik 1 ends with the collective task of writing brief introductory texts to every new category. These texts should help to articulate and spread the political relevance of the pictures in order to get more Domestic Worker Photographers to join the Network. Bilderkritik 1 – Kitchen is published in The Grand Domestic Revolution – Goes On catalogue by Casco (Office for Art, Design and Theory) in Utrecht.

The following tags were created: Residue, Cooperation, Isolation, Gendered, Vanity, Inventiveness, Quotidian, Cats.

Bilderkritik is a collective learning methodology that helps us to articulate all content received in the Domestic Worker Photographer Network. The analysis consists on identifying a pattern or commonality among the images of the Network and how they speak to different people in several working groups.

The term 'Bilderkritik' was originally used in 'Der Arbeiter-fotograf', the German Worker Photographers monthly journal, to name a section where images sent by amateurs to the editors of the journal were analysed technically, formally and ideologically.

tower

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

a kitchen with a view

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

toys

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

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.

Mr

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

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

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.

menu diario

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

javi preparando la comida

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

orange juice

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

dirty laundry

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

empanadas

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DSC_0130 copyname: CAROLIna / age: 23 / profession: Graphic designer & student / location: Bogotá / weekday: saturday / reference: learning to make empanadas

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

boiling bottles

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

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

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’.

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.

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’.

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

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.

Raval

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

first photograph i ever took

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name: Reinilde / age: 26 / profession: student / location: Amsterdam & curaçao / weekday: tuesday / reference: lunchtime. the weather is sweaty. easy living and a dishwashing machine. family of four. coming of age count, two.

Amsterdam — Bilderkritik 1

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Bilderkritik 1 – Kitchen was attended by Binna (Curator, 34), Katayoun (Cultural worker, 28), Maiko (Curator, 34), Marc (Visual artist, 31), Roland (Psychologist, 36), Rogier (Graphic designer, 31). The location of the Bilderkritik is a shared apartment flat of initiators and members of the Network. After enjoying a delicious collective meal prepared by our hosts, we began by looking closely at the 48 images that were categorized under the Kitchen section of the Domestic Worker Photographer Network website. We discussed the adequacy of the tags that were originally given to every image and decided to create more essential ones, pointing directly the material core of every picture. A wall scheme helped us visualizing the new categories and in-between relations. Bilderkritik 1 ends with the collective task of writing brief introductory texts to every new category. These texts should help to articulate and spread the political relevance of the pictures in order to get more Domestic Worker Photographers to join the Network. Bilderkritik 1 – Kitchen is published in The Grand Domestic Revolution – Goes On catalogue by Casco (Office for Art, Design and Theory) in Utrecht.

The following tags were created: Residue, Cooperation, Isolation, Gendered, Vanity, Inventiveness, Quotidian, Cats.

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.

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

Cleaning structures (bonsai)

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name: Elsa / age: 26 / profession: Artist / location: Amsterdam / weekday: Monday / reference: video-still from ‘The Pine-tree, the bonsai and the sequoia’.

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.

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?

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.

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…

recycle

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name: Flavia / age: 26 / profession: filmmaker / location: amsterdam / weekday: thursday / reference: recycle the function of the household, not only plastic

choose your cat

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

Four People, Two Grants, Two Exhibitions, one week

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

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.

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

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

fisheye

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

ugali

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

cookbook

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name: esmee / age: 26 / profession: artist & student / location: eindhoven / weekday: sunday / reference: youngest sister looking into a cookbook for the working woman

se questa è una donna…

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name: Daniele / age: 30 / profession: photographer / location: Naples / weekday: monday / reference: when a woman can do everything!

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.

creature comforts nr.1

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

creature comforts nr.3

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name: bernardo / age: 28 / profession: artist / location: amsterdam / weekday: sunday / reference: life is getting better all the time. photography by Thamanta roeber, 2011.

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.

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

home security

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

thinking time

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

dishes best by hand

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

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

Post-Fordism

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

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.