Visions of Labour explores living conditions, rituals and memories of workers' communities in three different geographical and historical contexts. Through the means of video, interviews, performance, installation and music, artists Cora Piantoni (Switzerland), Enzo Umbaca (Italy), and Cosimo Veneziano (Italy) generate processes of self representation. Leaving aside the stereotypes of chain work, they explore relations between people, their working environment and society. Neglecting material aspects of labour, the artists have produced intense portraits of worlds that are somehow fading. As they concentrate on the relevance of residual elements such as sound, gestures, routine and informal conversations, their works convey images which are both abstract and firmly rooted in the life of workers. By researching archives and discussing and producing new formats to translate shared experiences, they highlight the way these communities have developed as political, historical and economic subjects, rooted in labour.
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