Weaving counter-archives

A workshop which examines the cross-functional shape of analogue bodies and digital identities. How is a combination of our past, present and future transformed by archives and data banks? The group studies the possible ways of shaping a counter-archive through weaving, printing and performing of the identities which have been overlooked by official history. Those of whom their voices have been silenced, made invisible and are unheard due to issues such as gender, labour, class, cultural background, sexual identity or (dis-)abilities.

4–6 February 2020
ÉSAD Valence, France.

Embroidering Theory

The exhibition Amateur Photography at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg takes a closer look at amateur photography and its innovative power. Ever since the invention of photography, the amateur has played a key role in its development, with artists at the Bauhaus in particular recognizing the creative freedom afforded by the casual use of the camera. The democratic and political potential of amateur photography was likewise discovered in the 1920s. Both aspects are still of great importance for the way we deal with images. Amateur photography in the early twentieth century heralded the birth of a mass phenomenon, which today takes the form of an inundation of digital images.

Exhibition: Amateur Photography. 3/10/2019 – 12/01/2020

Workshop: 16/11/2019 from 11:00–14:00, subscribe through email.

Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe
Steintorpl. 20099
Hamburg, Duitsland


26 images from Werker Collective’s archive served as ignition for 13 research projects questioning the changing nature of images, documents and the archive in the digital era and how this affects our bodies and the world that surrounds us. The result of this research is presented in the form of a newspaper installation that invites the visitor to engage with the content both intellectually and physically. Project made by the 2nd Year Graphic Design & Photography department of the Estonian Academy of Arts EAA.

11 – 15/03 2019 EAA, Estonia pst 7, Tallin. Opening 15/03 18 pm


Why Work?

St Lucas School of Arts is organising a series of public lectures around the topic Why Work?. Speakers from various disciplines are invited to elaborate on their practice, and engage with MA students from St Lucas in a preceding workshop. What is the motivation and structure underpinning their work? How to remain critical? What happened to the promise of leisure—as Liam Gillick put it in his eponymous essay—and what is the importance of doing nothing? And last but not least, how do these speakers consider their position as cultural workers?
Werker Collective organises a two-part event around their recent publication of 365 Days of Invisible Work. The afternoon begins with an intimate image study in the format of

Bilderkritik at 14:00, followed by a book launch and presentation at 18:30 
Thursday 1 February 2018
Friendship Building
 Rijnkaai 37, Antwerpen.


Escola de Fotografia Popular

Si el trabajo y la noción de una clase obrera fueron fundamentales para imaginar la resistencia un siglo atrás, podemos decir que los desocupados, ocupados a tiempo parcial, precarias y precarios trabajadores migrantes, etc. requieren nuevas imágenes para hacer visible lo que de otra manera permanecería oculto.
La amenaza de una desempleo crónico, la extensión de un modelo de trabajo precario y la progresiva sustitución del estado del bienestar por un modelo basado en la solidaridad que carga el cuidado sobre los individuos son sólo algunas de las manifestaciones de la nueva estructuración laboral que se extiende por los países del Sur de Europa
Proyecto en colaboración con Dar Chabab, Susoespai, Baixem al carrer y la Mesa en Defensa de los Derechos de las Trabajadoras del Hogar, de la Limpieza, Discontinuas y de los Cuidados (Sindillar /Sindihogar, Mujeres Pa’lante, Las Libélulas y el colectivo Mujeres Migradas y Diversas).

Art for Change.
Enero – Junio 2018
Fundació Antoni Tàpies
 C/ Aragó, 255
 08007 Barcelona.


(un)Common Views

27 images from Werker Magazine’s library served as ignition for 13 research projects questioning the changing nature of images, documents and the archive in the digital era and how this affects our bodies and the world that surrounds us. The results of this research are presented in a multifaceted installation that invites the visitor to engage with the content both intellectually and physically.
Project made by the 2nd Year Graphic Design department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in collaboration with Rietveld Uncut &
 Studium Generale: Bots, Bodies, Beasts — The art of being humble.

06 – 10/04 2016
Rietveld Uncut,
 De Brakke Grond
, Nes 26, 1012 KD, Amsterdam.

Young Worker’s Camera

A photography workshop especially for 15 to 24-year-olds. Following the methodologies of the Arbeiterfotografenbewegung, the participants work on depicting their daily relationship to labour, in the broadest sense of the word.

Witte de Withstraat 50,
 Rotterdam, The Netherlands.


Work + work + workshop

Lukasz Koterba, Kim Kannler, Werker Magazine and the Front Line
In the 1960s and 1970s artists like Constant, Provo, and Beuys in Europe, Fluxus in the US and Massota in Argentina have called for the blurring of art into life and work into play. Today their dreams have eerily materialized into the prevailing post-Fordist service economy, which feeds on creativity, mobility, and elasticity. […] How is Joseph Beuys’s motto “everybody is an artist” revamped and repackaged in the so-called New Economy?

30/04 19:30
Tetterode M4, 
 Da Costakade 158,

Social Art Map Workshop

A case study exercise on the collaborations Justice for Domestic Workers &
 Werker Magazine have done together. From the first Reverse Graffiti actions with ASK! to Bilderkritik workshop at The Showroom, Work Like This! event at Tate Modern or the Living Archive at MayDay Rooms. Birkbeck University of London

24/02 10.30 – 13:30
The Showroom,
 63 Penfold Street,

Bilderkritik 9 — Office

A one day workshop with students from the MFA in Critical Studies, a new two-year postgraduate programme for research and theory.

08/01 2015
 10:00 – 17:00, 
Sandberg Institute, Frederik
 Roeskestraat 98


Domestic Work is Work

A public workshop where presentations and discussion will ask how strategies of art production and distribution can inform and support social movements related to labour and visibility. The workshop will specifically address discourses around the social perception of domestic work, the recognition of the domestic sphere as a site of labour, and the aesthetics of this labour.

13/05 2014,
 13 – 15 pm, 
Tensta Konsthall, Taxingegränd 10
, Stockholm.


Werker 10 — Community Darkroom Tetouan

A workshop with students from ISBA in Besançon, ENSAV in Brussels and INBA in Tetouan, exploring contemporary issues of labour through collaborative practice and self-representation.

10 – 21/03 2014
Institut National des Beaux-Arts de Tetouan,

Werker 10 — Community Darkroom Besançon

Institut Supérieur des Beaux Arts de Besançon — 
 La Saline Royale d’Arc et Senans
Within the research program initiated by the ISBA: Puisqu’on vous dit que c’est possible: representation de la lutte / representation du travail / travail de representation, Werker Magazine is developing a new issue with students of the ISBA in Besançon (France) and the ENBA in Tetouan (Morocco), focusing on contemporary issues of youth and labour that deal in one way or another with invisibility.
Residency from 6 – 20/02 2014.

Bilderkritik 6 — Bedroom

Organised in the framework of Commonplaces together with Sindihogar (a self-organized group of domestic worker activists from Barcelona) we will analyse a new room of the Domestic Worker Photographer Network. Come and join us!

25/01 2014,
Can Felipa Arts Visuals
 C/ Pallars, 277


Public Relations

Twenty young Russian and Dutch artists will create work which aims to facilitate interaction between people. During the exhibition, which is based on the appearance of a café, Werker Magazine will develop two Bilderkritik workshops with different Moscovian collectives.

12–29/09, 2013
Public Library of the 
1st of May,
 Leninskiy Prospekt 37A, Moscow, Russia.


Work Like This

A public discussion around precarious labour, visibility and domestic work. With Justice for Domestic Workers, Andrea Franke and Werker Magazine

21/04 2013, 2–5pm
 Free, no booking required
Tate Modern, East Room
 Bankside, London