David Levine. Poster Distributor, production still from the series Actors at Work, 2007.
OUR WORK IS NEVER OVER
PHotoEspaña at Matadero
Desde el 08 de junio 2012
al 26 de agosto 2012
Lugar: Nave 16.1
Matadero Madrid’s Nave 16 presents Our Work is Never Over, a group exhibition curated by Yael Messer that takes place within the context of PHotoEspaña 2012: From here. Context and internationalization. Yael Messer (b. 1982 in Israel, lives and works in Amsterdam) held a curatorial research fellowship at Matadero Madrid in November 2011, a period during which she shaped the concept of this show.
In 1978, artist Mladen Stilinović documented himself through a series of photos in which he is lying in bed, doing nothing. Stilinović entitled the piece Artist at Work, to question the seeming separation between life, art, and labor. As an action and an anti-action at the same time, the work initially aimed to challenge the symbolic power of labor under the communist regime. The advent of the precarious post-Fordist society in the last 20 years with its heavy reliance on flexible, creative, and immaterial labor transforms the issues raised by Stilinović into ones that are exceptionally urgent today.
This urgency is the point of departure for the exhibition Our Work is Never Over, which features works from artists who are constantly exploring where art, labor, and everyday existence overlap in contemporary society. This group of artists reflects on the immateriality of the artistic process, the role of labor in designating social life, and the complexity of representing invisible work.
The artists participating in the exhibition choose to reflect on the totality of their bio-political existence from within and through life itself: some document their everyday life and use this documentation as an artistic work, others frame their artistic acts as identical to any other form of labor, and a few make the gray area between artistic process and immaterial labor part of their own life.
Mounira Al Solh, Joana Bastos , C.A.S.I.T.A, Guy Ben Ner, Tehching Hsieh, David Levine, Ahmet Ogut, Levi Orta, Mladen Stilinovic, Pilvi Takala, and Werker Magazine (Marc Roig Blesa & Rogier Delfos).
Curated by Yael Messer.
> Curator Yael Messer will lead a visit to Our Work is Never Over, together with artists Werker Magazine (Marc Roig Blesa y Rogier Delfos), Joana Bastos and C.A.S.I.T.A.
Free event. To book a place please call 915177309 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
> The exhibition will be closed to the public on June 21 until June 25, due to the festival El Día de la Musica that takes place in Matadero Madrid on those dates. On June 19 and June 20 the access to the exhibition will be done in small groups, to book a place please call 915177309 or email email@example.com