Sunday, August 16, 2009

Workers Leaving the Workplace

Arbeiter verlassen die Arbeitsstätte/Workers Leaving the Workplace

opening: 21st August 2009, 19.00
21.08 - 27.09.2009
Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig
Karl Tauchnitz Str. 11

curated by Joanna Sokolowska

Participating artists: Miklos Erhardt; Anna Molska; Karol Radziszewski, Julita Wojcik; Skart, Weekend Art: Aleksandar Batista Ilic in collaboration with Ivana Keser and Tomislav Gotovac

The exhibition comprises works, that question the modified production relations in Eastern European societies that are undergoing transition, particularly relating to new labour concepts. Can artists construct a symbolic capital and new social forms in the places where secure jobs are disappearing and social relationships and leisure models shaped by outdated employment relationships are being broken down in the process of transition?

> Arbeiter verlassen die Fabrik < (Workers Leaving the Factory) is the title of the famous essay film by Harun Farocki dedicated to different cinematic representations of this theme in the industrial age. What happens though to workers who have long abandoned their factories because most no longer exist? They re-emerge as actors of artistic production in immaterial form in the “social factory” - the museum.

The exhibition is supported by the Polish Institute Berlin/ Bureau Leipzig

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