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.

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


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