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.

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.

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…

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.

Pleasure

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name: thomas / age: 24 / profession: designer / location: bruxelles / weekday: sunday / reference: cigar cutter with utility knife. Use a utility knife to cut the tip of your cigars.

disappearing work into living

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

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?

Nail cleaner

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name: thomas / age: 24 / profession: designer / location: bruxelles / weekday: tuesday / reference: Unfold the paper clip and use it as a conventional nail cleaner

still life with flowers and cleaning accessories

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name: minke / age: 30 / profession: Communication consultant / location: amsterdam / weekday: friday / reference: goodbye bouquet for our office cleaner yuki, who is going back to singapore and will be dearly missed.

the showroom

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name: Realizza / age: 25 / profession: domestic worker & visual artist / location: london / weekday: sunday / reference: justice for domestic workers with Ask! (aktie schone kunsten) at the showroom.

“Lenin” Jozo Kljaković, 1924

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name: Dmitry / age: 19 / profession: university student / location: ekaterinburg / reference: “Lenin” Jozo Kljaković, 1924

Me with my mess

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name: Nina / age: 18 / profession: Student / location: Warsaw / reference: I was lost in my life, Now i know i’m just a mess.

information gathering

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

architecture student house

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name: sarah / age: 21 / profession: fine arts student / location: rotterdam / weekday: sunday / reference: picture taken in delft

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.

l’armari

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l'armari name: ariadna / age: 26 / profession: artist, tour guide, facebook seller / location: barcelona / weekday: monday / reference: in order to get new clothes i sell or trade my old ones on facebook. buy here and renew your wardrobe

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.

second life

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name: denise / age: 28 / profession: graphic designer / location: zürich / weekday: tuesday / reference: better use twice, clothes become washcloths.

Mr

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

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.

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.

half-way under the bed

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name: marina / location: amsterdam / weekday: wednesday / reference: can’t remember what i was doing there

Mass Production System

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name: lucía / age: 35 / profession: artist / location: barcelona / weekday: saturday / reference: tool to brush the cat —fluff—

Home Office

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name: stas / age: 30 / profession: graphic designer / location: prague / weekday: monday / reference: Are there real work at home jobs? Yes there are some, but, they are not nearly as plentiful as you would think considering the amount of interest there is in working from home.

tower

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

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!”

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.

WOMEN’S STRENGHT

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IMG_4505name: camilla / age: 26 / profession: ANTIQUES DEALER / location: VERONA / weekday: MONDAY / reference: HOW MUCH WOMEN CAN BEAR

food journey 3

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name: Ernst / age: 21 / profession: artist / location: Amsterdam / day: Wednesday / reference: grandma’s on their way to the supermarket. this daily routine is keeping their lifes busy.

i want to be your dog

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name: maurits / age: 28 / profession: writer / location: amsterdam / weekday: monday / reference: every morning my dolphin calf gets me my newspaper. i give her hugs in return.

cleaning gloves

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name: Esmee / age: 26 / profession: artist & student / location: Amsterdam / weekday: wednesday / reference: helping hands the night before i leave for 5 weeks fieldwork

letto

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAname: Al Fadhil / age: 62 / profession: artist / location: milano / weekday: monday / reference: no text

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.

young workers

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name: margarita / age: 27 / profession: tiring question / location: amsterdam / weekday: sunday / reference: is this domestic? is this labour? (photograph taken by someone in my family of my father and his friends)

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.

juggling clubs

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name: K. / age: 21 / profession: student / location: Antwerp

SANO COME UN PESCE / HEALTHY LIKE A FISH

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IMG_3789name: CAMILLA / age: 26 / profession: ANTIQUES DEALER / location: VERONA / weekday: MONDAY / reference: ACQUARIO IN INDIA

artists need a clean house too

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name: matthijs / age: 27 / profession: artist / location: amsterdam / weekday: monday / reference: artists do need a clean house. if not they might get astma and might not be able to perform on their “level” or to be in that “zone”.

shopping for healthy food

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shopping for healthy foodname: jenny / age: 37 / profession: art worker / location: miami beach / weekday: saturday / reference: Our neighborhood is going trough an accelerated gentrification process, the local supermarket offers all kinds of expensive organic fresh foods for it’s new inhabitants.

hibernation

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name: Mariya / age: 28 / profession: photography student / location: haifa

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.

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)

invisibility

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name: katayoun / age: 27 / profession: freelance writer, curator, translator / location: amsterdam / weekday: Wednesday / reference: mother wants to talk about cleaning

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).

terrace

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name: yule / age: 21 / profession: illustration student / location: antwerp / reference: The terrace is a space between public and private, it’s a ‘happy place’. people only go there when the weather is good, when they feel good and usually with others. people don’t want the outside world to see the negative.

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.

astroboi

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112_Sunday_Astroboiname: astroboi / age: 29 / profession: artist & part-time porn actor / location: barcelona / weekday: sunday / reference: creo que tradicionalmente hemos delegado la sexualidad a algo instintivo, animal y siempre que pensamos en el sexo lo vemos como algo cavernícola, innato en nosotros. Yo creo que esta es una perversión del lenguaje y de nuestra forma de interpretar el mundo. La sexualidad en todas las especies tiene un contenido social muy importante, los perros se montan para establecer jerarquías, y en el caso de los humanos esto se lleva al extremo. Toda nuestra sexualidad es un producto de nuestra historia y por lo tanto es intelectual y esta radicalmente construida. Esto implica que sentarse ante una película porno a masturbarse no va unido a apagar las neuronas sino todo lo contrario, al conocimiento, a la intelectualización, asumiendo y construyendo una serie de roles. foto: henning von berg

ugali

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

my parents painted our house

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DSC_0174 copyname: carolina / age: 23 / profession: graphic designer & student / location: bogotá / weekday: saturday / reference: This is teamwork! A whole week of intense work. i like the smell of fresh paint.

la culture

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name: maría / age: 43 / profession: artist, researcher, teacher / location: barcelona / weekday: sunday / reference: still from ‘tiempo real’ (2003) by maría ruido, 43 min.

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’.

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.

lidenesque

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name: sebastien / age: 36 / profession: civil servant / location: The hague/ weekday: sunday / reference: in 8 years, I went to this place only once.

freelancer’s joy

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freelancer delight 2name: Flavia / age: 30 / profession: graphic designer – illustrator / location: toronto / weekday: friday / reference: mi compañero trabajando en su escritorio en compañia de nuestro gato ‘cuco’, algo que jamás podríamos hacer trabajando para un estudio.

Mom’s Laundry

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name: Sarah / age: 23 / profession: Student / location: Amsterdam / weekday: Sunday / reference: This is my mother at the same age I am now, 23, hanging the laundry out to dry.

Home Tools

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name: lucía / age: 35 / profession: artist / location: barcelona / weekday: sunday / reference: blue bathroom mop. red mop for the rest of the house. floor tools

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.

Semiotics of the kitchen

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wurstelname: marianna / age: 31 / profession: curator / location: Berlin / weekday: Monday / reference: * (8.30 pm, exausted): Did you buy some food for dinner? / ° (still stuck at the laptop): No, I didn’t have time, I had tons of email to answer / *(exausted and a/hu/ngry): I had many emails, too… / °: yes, but you work from home…

one evening in the life of our table

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name: Cleo / age: 20 / profession: student / location: amsterdam / reference: collective cooking, feminism, home-made revolution, improvised housing

being a prop bitch pays, untill the paint fumes kill

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name: Laura Jane / age: 23 / profession: cinema worker & print maker / location: hackney / weekday: monday / reference: we worked last summer for a prop design company in brixton, we had to trim 1000 giant paper roses that were made in china and then shipped over to us to trim and style and then be painted because they had been made in the the wrong colour. The roses painted the roses in the same room as us which had no ventilation but we were not allowed to open the roll up door because the warehouse backed onto coldharbour lane which we got told by a man walking by when did rebel and open the shutter that this was murder mile, but everywhere in london has there own murder mile. this was a horrible job but it was the best paid job ive had since i graduated with a fine art degree.

primary structures gone wild

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la foto 1name: alejandro / age: 24 / profession: curator / location: london / weekday: wednesday / reference: bedroom — in order to crease domestic wildness (…)

weekly countdown

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name: charlotte / age: 26 / profession: Student / location: Antwerpen / reference: Every week I count down the days until the weekend. So I can escape the city and go back to the countryside, where it’s peaceful and where I’m surrounded by nature.

domestic finance

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Domestic Finance name: Yuji / age: 26 / profession: student / location: madrid / weekday: thursday / title: Domestic Finance / reference: thursday, 23:53, calculating the value of your month.

reading while dreaming

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name: zeev / age: 36 / profession: filmmaker / location: jerus 

Eviction

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puerta 3name: Juan Carlos / age: 50 / profession: Vividor / location: Madrid / weekday: monday / title: eviction / reference: This is how they leave the doors of a house after an eviction: sealed

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.

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!

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.

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

Movement n°4

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name: Marilou / age: 21 / profession: Student / location: Amsterdam / weekday: friday / reference: cleanig lady, cleaning dust, above view.

leaking water

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DSC00195name: catoo / age: 19 / profession: art student / location: amsterdam / weekday: sunday / reference: office toilet changed into bathroom but please don’t use this shower, it’s leaking to much water.

24 Hours

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name: Wok / age: 36 / profession: visual artist / location: yogyakarta / weekday: sunday / reference: Are you a person who can’t sleep in the night? Are you a night-watcher? Are you a night-stalker? A clubber? An insomniac? A street-punk? Whoever you are, you need something, someone to take care on you in the night when all ‘the normals’ sleep. So, say thanks for all those people who work to serve anything you need till the dawn. Some of them working 24 hours, some started when the moon show its face, some are open their ‘shop’ at 00:00:00. jpgmag.com

Indonesian training centre for domestic helpers

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name: atherine / age: 44 / profession: teacher / location: Swansea / weekday: friday / reference: In 2005, Isabella stayed in a training agency in Jakarta – with over 700 other girls, all waiting to be sent to Singapore, Malaysia or Hong Kong as a domestic helper. Such training centres are compulsory, as Indonesian agencies claim all their applicants are given cooking and hygiene classes. Most importantly, the girls are also required to learn English. However, Isabella experienced very harsh living conditions in the centre. The days were very long, the girls had to wake up at 5 am, and they could only rest at 11 pm. There were not enough beds, the food was scarce and very basic, with little nutritional value. The centre was locked, and the girls were not allowed outside. They were not allowed to use their phone either. This training centre has been closed recently because it was also found out that under-aged girls were being contracted as a domestic helper. Isabella stayed in the centre 40 days before being sent to Singapore. As she started working, she was then charged 2280 Singapore dollars by the Indonesian agency, which means that for the first 6 months of her employment, her full salary was sent back to the agent and she did not receive any money.

commodified Zen-ness

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10931463_918783888156147_338651322833561654_nname: SinQuenza / profession: artist & curator / location: home / weekday: funday / reference: domestic safety vs wanderlust.

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.

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.

masculine / feminine

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name: maría / age: 43 / profession: artist, researcher & teacher / location: barcelona / weekday: monday / reference: still from ‘tiempo real’ (2003) by maría ruido, 43 min.

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!

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.

oz

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name: tessa / age: 30 / profession: visual artist / location: berlin / weekday: wednesday / reference: uranium concentrate (aka. yellow cake) is being raked and dried in a factory. The yellow color gets lost during the refining process.

out of the box

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name: alice / age: 21 / profession: student / location: Antwerp / reference: my suitcase of paper cut-outs waiting to be repurposed.

yellow gloves

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IslBGname: mirari / age: 26 / profession: photographer & babysitter / location: brooklyn / weekday: sunday / reference: cleaning the front yard

Dutch treat

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name: Erik / age: 37 / profession: Visual artist / location: Amsterdam / weekday: Monday / reference: Always use a step-stool to reach high places

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.

bricolage galore

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name: rogier / age: 31 / profession: graphic designer / location: amsterdam / weekday: sunday / reference: contrasting materials assembled for trash define variety of labour of a post-fordist worker.

fisheye

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

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.

Under construction

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name: hanna / age: 22 / profession: student / location: Belgium / reference: We were very lucky when we got this house because of the privacy we had. Most of these other social houses are in-between other ones or even closed in at the garden too. We live in the house at the end of the street so until now we had the privilege of having a nice open view from our terrace and at the side of our house. unfortunately now they started building houses there too so our terrace and the the view from our big window at the back of our house won’t be that private anymore.

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.

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.

home security

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

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.

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.

BEING TANGLED

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DSC_2656name: CAMILLA / age: 26 / profession: ANTIQUES DEALER / location: VERONA / weekday: MONDAY / reference: TANGLED SKYSCRAPER — TANGLED WIRES

Breaking Walls

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name: pilar / age: 51 / profession: architect / location: castellón / weekday: sunday / reference: Finally, I have decided to open my kitchen, my prison. Using the hammer, I felt my freedom was beginning. Photo taken in Castellón, 1993.

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.

gold

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name: Luciana / age: 35 / profession: photographer / location: Amsterdam / weekday: sunday /reference: collecting objects, furniture and books from the street.

work break

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having a break from my work, from time to time. I go to the toilet / bathroom. It's the only time my employer won't bother me.name: dina / profession: domestic worker / location: london / weekday: wednesday / reference: Having a break from my work, from time to time. I go to the toilet / bathroom. It’s the only time my employer won’t bother me.

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.

several views

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name: miguel / age: 26 / profession: artist / location: madrid / reference: when you talk about ‘the work space’ will you talk about yourself?

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.

in between

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name: Yule / age: 21 / profession: illustration student / location: Antwerp / reference: This is the space between the cold and the heat, warm coats against a cold wall.

Planting

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name: Torkel / age: 30 / profession: cultural analyst and writer / location: Stockholm / weekday: saturday / reference: photograph from the garden of the house where I grew up, taken by my father or mother in 1982 or 1983.

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’.

bad tactic

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name: Nolwenn / age: 23 / profession: student / location: amsterdam / weekday: sunday / reference: last hour in gouesnou.

Picture Work

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art wallsname: stephen / age: 61 / profession: curator & artist / location: de pere, wisconsin / weekday: once a month / reference: much like cleaning can really change the atmosphere in a positive way, I’ve also found that frequently changing the art on the walls of my home has a very invigorating effect. this might require making new art, getting your friends to loan you some, checking out thrift stores or buying art within your budget on the web. buy some of those cheap pop-out frames and you can easily exchange printed matter works with little hassle (i use photo-corners to temporarily hold the works in place). experiment with different ways of hanging the works—salon style works well in both a large or small living space. its easy to get stuck with the same old stuff on the walls—change it and you’ll see & feel the difference!

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.)

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.

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

squirts

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name: christina / age: 27 / profession: multidisciplinary artist & product designer / location: Athens / reference: with stimulation, some women are able to ejaculate. it can involve large qualities of fluid(and laundry) for some women, but it doesn’t always involve a geyser shooting from down-below. it can happen at the same time with orgasm sometimes, some others not at all. either way it is certainly much fun. it is a watery, clean or sometimes milky liquid produced from glands (female prostate) inside the urethral sponge. ejaculate and urine come out of urethra but they do not have the same consistency.

temporary housing on coldharbour lane

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name: Laura Jane / age: 23 / profession: cinema worker & print maker / location: hackney / weekday: wednesday / reference: work break

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.)

fermentation course in a public library

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name: riitta / age: 57 / profession: social historian & photographer / location: helsinki / reference: some leftovers from a fermentation course.

hands at work

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name: margarita / age: 27 / profession: undefined / location: amsterdam / weekday: friday / reference: when our hands are not working our hands are always working

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.

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.

shopping

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name: maría / age: 43 / profession: artist, researcher & teacher / weekday: tuesday / reference: still from ‘tiempo real’ (2003) by maría ruido, 43 min.

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.

Autonomous Water Supply

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name: Project 181 / age: 45 & 48 / profession: collaborators / location: Atlanta / weekday: wednesday / reference: gravity drained water tank destined for attic level of autonomous household Water system. project-181.blogspot.com

La cité des dames

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name: ariella / profession: philosopher / location: tel aviv / weekday: monday / reference: the french philosopher Christine de Pizan constructing a house

the missing part

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name: Ella / age: 35 / profession: artist / location: jerusalem / reference: Yesterday i told my friend that i can’t stand peuple put photos of their children without clothing on social media. But then, i just couldn’t resist the magic

Today I don’t feel like ironing neither

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name: neus / age: 63 / profession: technical architect / location: barcelona / weekday: sunday / reference: self-portrait, 1987. At home, this is my only painting that hangs on the wall, the other ones are just leaning against it.

Cultivating

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name: Torkel / age: 30 / profession: cultural analyst & writer / location: Stockholm / weekday: saturday /reference: Photograph from the garden of the house where I grew up, taken by my father or my mother in 1982 or 1983.

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

Sending Box home

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976362_10200481970633777_1675221161_oname: Jena / age: 38 / profession: domestic worker / location: singapore / weekday: Wednesday / reference: Sending things home for our family in Philippines.

model for Safe-room / garage

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name: Sabine / age: 26 / profession: artist / location: amsterdam / weekday: wednesday / reference: for the time I will own a garage

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)

cholent

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name: zeev / age: 36 / profession: filmmaker / location: jerusalem

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 windows

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365days_160name: Anacoreta / age: 57 / profession: domestic worker /  location: amsterdam / day: Thursday / reference: cleaning windows is part of our work.

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.

invisibility

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name: katayoun / age: 27 / profession: art worker / location: amsterdam / weekday: wednesday / reference: how visible is the work of an art worker?

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?

my binoculars to see the dark side of the moon

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name: larissa / age: 23 / profession: graphic design student / location: antwerp

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.)

gingerbread exchanged in conversation about child poverty

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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, uk / weekday: Saturday / reference: gingerbread. family time, Saturday morning, city centre. January 2011. 1 in 3 children living in poverty in the Uk. endchildpoverty.org.uk

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.

second photograph I ever took

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name: Reinilde / age: 26 / profession: student / location: Amsterdam & curaçao / weekday: wednesday / reference: my brother and me sharing a room. clean it, before the cleaner comes.

clean up wall street!

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name: ariella / profession: philosopher / location: tel aviv / weekday: tuesday / reference: wall street needs a real clean up

self-portrait as a housewife

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name: Janneke / age: 30 / profession: Visual artist / location: London / day: saturday / reference: For my 30st birthday my parents gave me a beautiful bone china dinner set, which I took as symbolic hint to move away from my tiny appartment and start a family life. as to fortify that suggestion They also gave me a kitchen apron they had brought back with them from their holiday in Switzerland. so this is me giving my best immitation of a happy housewife.

third photograph I ever took

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name: Reinilde / age: 26 / profession: student location: Amsterdam & curaçao / weekday: thursday / reference: ‘Dad, can you please put on shorts, I don’t like your underwear’

purim in jerusalem

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name: Ella / age: 35 / profession: artist / location: jerusalem / reference: Purim in 2019, my kids wore their ninja masks for three days 
straight

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.

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 around the globe leaving their most precious children and home to a domestic worker. Our contribution has been isolated and always treated as something unimportant. Domestic work is the beginning and end of all labour. 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: Amsterdam / weekday: sunday / reference: homesick, brigadeiro, brasil, sweet, cooking at home, making a girl happy, back 20, party

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

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.

today’s mail

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name: robin / age: 33 / profession: not-writer, maybe-sculptor, student, non-photographer / location: amsterdam / weekday: sunday

food journey 2

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name: Ernst / age: 21 / profession: artist / location: Amsterdam / day: Tuesday / reference: grandma’s on their way to the supermarket. this daily routine is keeping their lifes busy.

Resist

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name: Thomas / age: 24 / profession: designer / location: bruxelles / weekday: wednesday / reference: megaphone with traffic cone. Speaking in the narrowest part, direct your voice in the desired direction.

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

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

x-mas

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144_Sunday_X-mas-768x1024name: Anacoreta / age: 57 / profession: domestic worker / location: amsterdam / weekday: sunday / reference: my family back home missing them too much. Long years of sacrifices.

the cleaner u get the cleaner u get

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

no experience required

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name: maría / age: 43 / profession: artist, researcher, teacher / location: barcelona / weekday: monday / reference: still from ‘tiempo real’ (2003) by maría ruido, 43 min.

Max

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name: Jake / age: 57 / profession: graphic designer / location: San Diego / reference: forgot to plug in the electric toothbrush, had to use the manual one

quietly and too politely

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name: lucía / age: 35 / profession: artist / location: barcelona / weekday: wednesday / reference: post fordism, post industrial, global tour institutionalized

Action 3

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name: Flatten the Mountain (zoe & eira) / age: 26 / profession: Artist collaborative / location: London & Glasgow / weekday: thursday / reference: crouch on floor and cover body except feet and ankles

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.

boiling bottles

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

tire potato planters

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name: Project 181 / age: 45 & 48 / profession: collaborators / location: Atlanta / weekday: monday / reference: discarded tires used to vertically grow potatoes.  Each planting is a response to a situation of precarity for our friends, family and community.

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.)

La Pedrera horror story

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foto(1)name: Ariadna / age: 26 / profession: artist & nighttime tour guide / location: Barcelona / weekday: wednesday / reference: waiting for the appearance of a ghost maid during a nighttime tour in the attics of casa milà

self portrait

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name: Realizza / age: 25 / profession: domestic worker & visual artist / location: london / weekday: tuesday / reference: self-portrait taken at St. paul’s london.

deportation

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name: maría / age: 43 / profession: artist & researcher & teacher / location: barcelona / weekday: monday / reference: danger of deportation. still from ‘tiempo real’ (2003) by maría ruido, 43 min.

lunch

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27817_1461893826527_6753416_nname: Felipe / age: 27 / profession: Artist / location: Bogotá / weekday: saturday / reference: I live in a farm outside Bogotá, I have breakfast and lunch outdoors.

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.

Looking after a kid

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name: Torkel / age: 30 / profession: cultural analyst and writer / location: Stockholm / weekday: tuesday / reference: photograph from the house where I grew up, taken by my father in 1982 or 1983.

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.

emmer

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name: K. / age: 21 / profession: student / location: Antwerp

Inutensílios

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name: bernardo / age: 28 / profession: artist / location: amsterdam / weekday: friday / reference: 2009, mixed media. photography by DMY berlin

Action 4

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name: Flatten the Mountain (zoe & eira) / age: 26 / profession: Artist collaborative / location: London & Glasgow / weekday: friday / reference: sit on floor and expose lower leg

stranded hunk

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name: michiel / age: 21 / profession: student/illustrator / location: antwerp belgium / reference: This is a cardboard commercial for beer of a muscled guy. He was left behind by the previous owner of my appartment but yet i took him in. He is standing between the garbage but i think im gonna keep him… He is cute.

speculation strike

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name: jenny / age: 32 / profession: producer / location: sant martí vell / weekday: friday / reference: moving to the countryside escaping high rent.

hoover in the dark

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name: Denise / age: 28 / profession: graphic designer / location: tokio / weekday: sunday / reference: unplugged

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.

we don’t want work

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name: maría / age: 43 / profession: artist, researcher & teacher / location: barcelona / weekday: saturday / reference: we don’t want work, we want money. still from ‘tiempo real’ (2003) by maría ruido, 43 min.

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

Action 1

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name: Flatten the Mountain (zoe & eira)/ age: 26 / profession: Artist collaborative / location: London & Glasgow / weekday: tuesday / reference: place towel over head and pose

menu diario

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

sleep

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531125_4430186591991_2090806915_nname: Felipe / age: 27 / profession: artist / location: Bogotá / weekday: Monday / reference: What you experience in daily life is never freedom.

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!

Laundry

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name: Stas / age: 30 / profession: graphic designer / location: Prague / weekday: friday / reference: The frequency of reports increased during the early 20th century, when Westerners began making determined attempts to scale the many mountains in the area and occasionally reported seeing odd creatures or strange tracks.

labour bilingualism

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name: maría / age: 43 / profession: artist, researcher & teacher / location: barcelona / weekday: monday / reference: still from ‘tiempo real’ (2003) by maría ruido, 43 min.

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.

one second before getting started

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Camaname: Yolanda / age: 34 / profession: permanent student / location: Madrid / weekday: monday

a start

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dishwashername: will / age: 25 / profession: writer / location: amsterdam / weekday: tuesday / reference: i have come to enjoy doing the dishes by hand

dust explorer

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Dust Explorer (werker)name: ronan / age: 23 / profession: artist / location: brittany / weekday: wednesday / reference: robot vacuum cleaner and blue raw pigment on tiling

dirty spaghetti

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name: Larissa / age: 23 / profession: graphic design student / location: antwerp

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.

Derechos para todas!

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IMG_6574name: Sindihogar members from nigeria / profession: domestic and care workers / location: Barcelona / weekday: tuesday / referencia: rights for all women!

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.

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.

Cleaning structures (pine-tree)

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

INSIDE—OUTSIDE

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name: pilar / age: 51 / profession: architect / location: castellón / weekday: thursday / reference: In the cave-houses quarter, women hang out ropes of red peppers in the front of their houses. The pantry is outside. Almería, 2000.

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.)

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.

cleaning tool

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name: lucía / age: 35 / profession: artist / location: barcelona / weekday: monday / reference: professional order

macetas

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macetasname: mario / age: 31 / profession: unknown / location: madrid / weekday: monday / reference: proyecto de futuro jardín casero

Four People, Two Grants, Two Exhibitions, one week

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

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.

Dustbunny Galore

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name: caro / age: 38 / profession: photographer / location: ghent / weekday: wednesday / reference: Dustbunny galore – capitalism revisited! powered by Miele

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.

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

tools

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

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?

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.)

it never ends

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name: irene / age: 42 / profession: artist / location: Terrassa / weekday: wednesday / reference: Mama keeps on working while waiting for the child to fall asleep.

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.

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!

Cleaning structures (sequoia)

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

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.

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.

Beat your carpets here!

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name: Riitta / age: 57 / profession: social historian & photographer / location: pohjois-haaga, helsinki / reference: Carpet racks are used for beating carpets in the yard. The hum of the vacuum cleaner has largely replaced the sounds of explosion from pounding the carpets. Nevertheless, carpets are still hoisted onto the carpet rack almost ritually for a thorough cleaning. This is often done in midwinter as dust mites die in the freezing cold. In the capital Helsinki, you can find carpet racks adjacent to apartment blocks, single-and multi-family homes and even the Cathedral. These simple and sturdy constructions have been installed for decades in front yards and backyards in the city center as well as the suburbs. Paradoxically enough, while carpet racks have become part of the outdoor furniture, as it were, they tend to pass unnoticed due to their ubiquity. They are also unintended monuments to domestic work. See more racks here: http://www.polarinertia.com/apr12/carpet01.htm

Action 2

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name: Flatten the Mountain (Zoe & Eira) / age: 26 / profession: Artist collaborative / location: London & Glasgow / weekday: wednesday / reference: hold towel up to head and obscure face

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.

frame within a frame

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name: alice / age: 21 / profession: student / location: antwerp

it’s (not) magnolia

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name: vlada / age: 27 / profession: juggling 3 front of house jobs, artist, and domestic work / location: london / reference: been living in a rented shared accommodation for 6 years since university, all the walls are magnolia paint (that horrible not quite white colour), we can’t decorate, the only way to make this room my own is furniture, pictures, rugs and plants.

Euro Vision (visions of europe)

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DW1_XV9A6923-771x1024name: jesper / profession: artist / location: stockholm / weekday: saturday / reference: me working at home (unpaid) with the images from Euro Vision (visions of europe) song contest on domestic work. the polish contribution.

please do not touch

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Magdalenaname: Magdalena / age: 28 / profession: artist / location: madrid / weekday: saturday / title: please do not touch / reference: in a autoedition fair — into a “cultural (house) center” — on a saturday — had taken a lot of beer

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.

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.

dictionnaray

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name: derveloy / age: 29 / profession: designer / location: arnhema / weekday: monday / reference: dictionnaray / dictionnaryday go, little booke, god send thee good passage, And specially let this be thy prayer, unto them all that thee will read or hear, where thou art wrong, after their help to call, thee to correct in any part or all. From our dear home dictionnary.

lush girl

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Lush girlename: Al Fadhil / age: 62 / profession: artist / location: milano / weekday: monday / reference: no text

television

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name: Colin / age: 55 / profession: photographer / location: Bath / reference: watching teletubbies with isabel

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

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.

truth will make you free

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name: Román / age: 34 / profession: producer / location: barcelona / weekday: monday / reference: truth will make you free

Rainbow, Bathroom, Lodz.

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365days_select_363name: maria / age: 27 / profession: editor / location: barcelona / weekday: sunday / reference: by cezary bodzianowski. seen at the exhibition “Cartografías contemporáneas” at caixa forum barcelona.

asambleas del 15M

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IMG_0110name: Sindihogar / Sindillar / profession: domestic and care workers / location: Barcelona / weekday: jueves / reference: Sindihogar taking part in the assembly in Plaza Catalunya, Barcelona.

The corner of my room

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name: yixiang / age: 20 / profession: student / location: London / reference: I am a student who lives in London by myself. I have the habit of accumulating a lot of laundry and doing it all at once because I can’t afford to spend time washing clothes every day. When I am at my parents home, my mother does the laundry for the whole family every day.

choose your cat

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

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!

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.

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.

15 minutes

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name: sebastien / age: 36 / profession: civil servant / location: The hague / weekday: friday / reference: rubber bands, ordered by size and by age / rigidity

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.)

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.

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

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.

saldão

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

finding peace in the city

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name: charlotte / age: 26 / profession: Student / location: Antwerp / reference: When you’re surrounded by buildings, cars, people it’s hard to find peace. The only way to escape is to look up.

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

Time for Happiness

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name: Anacoreta / age: 57 / profession: domestic worker / location: amsterdam / weekday: saturday / reference: Hawaiian Party held in Zeeland on summer 2011 with friends from our community.

luminaria

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foto-2name: mario / age: 31 / profession: unknown / location: madrid / weekday: friday / reference: todo en esta vida es reversible

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

twillight

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name: Zeev / age: 36 / profession: Filmmaker / location: jerusalem / reference: self-portrait taken by my daughter before going to bed.

Multitasking

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name: linda pongutá / age: 28 / profession: artist / location: Bogotá / reference: Las multinacionales son consecuencia del pensamiento globalizado y progresista, innumerables poblaciones de personas están siendo arrojadas al servilismo y a las nuevas manifestaciones de esclavitud,  de hecho no tan nuevas si pensamos en la similitud de las cadenas con las máquinas y el dinero. El trabajador está desprotegido, y con ninguna opción distinta a la de asalariarse para poder comer e intentar sobrevivir a costa del deterioro del cuerpo y la ausencia de libertad, Telecom, aparte de anunciar el progreso de Colombia, anclado en vagas reminiscencias  y desposeído por la colonización, intentó renovar la utopía del avance en un momento de tránsito hacia el neoliberalismo y las nuevas tecnologías, trabajadoras y trabajadores tenía más derechos que deberes, ya que eran instrumento digno de sus opresores, salarios justos cubrían el doble de las necesidades vitales; descansos, vacaciones, capacitación de alta calidad y derecho sindical impregnaron un momento donde resonaba la libertad y la posibilidad, la transición de siglo y  de pensamiento deterioro este ideal; Telecom liquidó en el gobierno del expresidente Álvaro Uribe Vélez, promotor de la contratación por prestación de servicios y  el cierre de las empresas estatales en Colombia en un lento proceso impregnado de decadencia y corrupción ya que la mayoría de la infraestructura permanece abandonada y una pequeña parte restante subarrendada a Telefónica España. La situación de los y las trabajadores en América Latina es precaria, el salario mínimo mensual no cubre las necesidades básicas de un individuo, ni tampoco tiene en cuenta sus hijos o las personas que requieran de su apoyo, en esta sociedad ayudar es lujo, y la libertad no tiene precio.

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.

javi preparando la comida

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

pee in pink

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name: Denise / age: 28 / profession: graphic designer / location: tokio / weekday: monday / reference: boy, sit down to pee! thanks, mum.

warming up for saturday gardening

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name: Sohrab / age: 29 / profession: artist / location: London / weekday: saturday / reference: I need money to pay my rent, so I work on a garden. It’s hard work, much harder than I thought it would be!