Our Work is Never Over (2012), is 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.
The urgency represented in Mladen Stilinović series of self-documented photographs called Artist At Work (1978) 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.
Featured artists: 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, Werker Magazine (Marc Roig Blesa & Rogier Delfos).
Catalogue specifications: Printed offset at Brizzolis Madrid, Spain. edition: 1000 copies / format: 25×19cm / special thanks to Yael Messer & Gilad Reich. In collaboration with Marc Roig Blesa
Werker 3 & the Grand Domestic Revolution — User’s Manual (GDR) (2011–ongoing) is a call for students, artists, domestic workers, housewives and husbands, designers, cleaners, architects, au pairs, researchers, gardeners, theorists, pool-boys, historians, employers, interns, curators and handypeople to take part in the collective gathering of materials. Werker Magazine appropriates its name from the worker photographer movement; the first group of amateur photographers to use the camera as a tool to fight class-struggle. This third issue of werker magazine will be a ‘political kitchen calendar’ developed within The Grand Domestic Revolution — User’s Manual, a long-term living research initiated by Casco Office for Art, Design and Theory in utrecht. Also in conjunction with werker 3 and gdr is the development of a public action & performance in support of the recognition of value of domestic work and care, and workers’ rights for domestic labourers in the netherlands. more information coming soon!
→ Send in your contributions through Werker 3 website.
Invitation: Offset Calff & Meischke / Edition: 500 copies / In collaboration with: Marc Roig Blesa
Christoph Gielen (2012) specializes in video and photographic aerial studies of urban development in its relation to land use, exploring the intersection of art and environmental politics.
Gielen’s pictures and feature articles about him have appeared in publications such as The New York Times, Metropolis Magazine, Public, Forward architecture journal, and many more. His award-winning works are part of international collections, and have been exhibited at institutions and galleries both in the United States and in Europe.
For Gielen I’ve designed and build a website. Within the framework that refers to a compass — an element returning in the very technical approach of Gielen — one can browse through an overview of news, publications and view the work that Gielen’s created the last years.
Werker 4 — An Economical Portrait of the Young Artist (2011) is inspired by the first illustrated wall-newspapers edited in Russia in the 20′s, which could be read in factories, schools, hospitals, worker associations etc. this issue of Werker Magazine displays in the gallery walls of Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam an overview of the often unspoken and precarious living and working conditions of young artists.
Specifications: 9 silk-screened posters printed on different left-over papers from ‘Interbellum grafiek’ printing studio. / Edition: 10 / Dimensions: 120 x 85 cm (each) / Presented at: Informality. Art, economics, precarity. Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Werker 6 — Cinema Diary (2013) presents images and documents of Matthijs Diederiks (28, artist and curator, Amsterdam). It is photographed and collected during his work at cinema Pathé arena in Amsterdam, his side job from 2008 until 2010. Cinema Diary is the first issue of Werker 6, a collection of photo-books that reflect on the current working conditions of the youth through modes of self-representation and amateur photography.
Due to technical problems with the binding, this book is currently still not available for sale. Reprint will arrive in May 2013.
Technical specifications: photo-book / Dimensions: 100 pages, 15 x 22 cm, 500 copies / Diffusion: Our Work is Never Over Matadero Contemporary Art Center (PHotoEspaña). Madrid, Spain. / Sans Seriffe Amsterdam, May 2013.
Trajectory Studies (2010) is a project by Esmee Geerken about different trajectories one can follow when moving away from a spherical object and along the way, the decreasing angles towards the horizon. The poster was made to represent the drawings of Esmee. These drawings are part of her end-exam project called ‘Trajectory Studies’. At first glance these drawings seem scientific but when looking closer their rather poetic nature is revealed.
In collaboration with Esmee Geerken / Printed: silkscreen by Kees Maas / Format: 700x1000mm / Paper: 120 gram grey paper
for potatoes we’ve got potatoes (2010) is a collection of seven short stories and Jort’s contribution to Casco’s Grand Domestic Revolution. this publication is a gently ironic illustration of things encountered during the year-long project. The text is taken, translated, cut and rearranged from Een lief, verlegen vrouwtje by Dutch writer Maarten Biesheuvel.
In collaboration with Jort van der Laan / Print: mimeograph at Extrapool Nijmegen / Format: A4 folded to A5 / Edition: 100 copies / Paper: 100 gram Biotop
Werker 2 — a visual history of the young worker (2011) addresses the Museum by interrogating the relation of the ordinary man with History. From our collection of Worker Photographer publications and other documents depicting labour compiled in second-hand bookstores and antiquaries from Holland, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Spain and U.S.A, we articulate a visual History of Labour centered around the figure of the Young Worker.
Printed: Novoprint Spain / Edition: 500 copies / Format: 420×297 / Paper: Cyclus Offset & Martyr Gloss / In collaboration with Marc Roig Blesa. Exhibited at ‘1979. A Monument to Radical Instants’ La Virreina Centre de la Imatge. Barcelona, Spain. To order a copy visit Motto Distribution.
Werker 8 — A T-shirt Summary (2012) has been designed for Born in Flames — Resistance, an event based exhibition at Ellen de Bruijne Projects bringing together various artists connected by their shared fascination for resistance in every imaginable way. Werker 8 consists of 7 designs based on all previous werker magazines. Soon available through werkermagazine.org.
Specifications: 7 silkscreens on heavy cotton t-shirts, edition of 10. Presented at Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam.