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).