/ Workers’ Production Line

2008
Live art event
8 factory workers, the artist, 6 industrial sewing machines, T-shirt fabric, one day production.
Museum of Contemporary Art, Skopje, Macedonia

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During the course of the day of the exhibition opening, a group of eight factory workers occupy a row of work tables, working on industrial sewing machines, manufacturing T-shirts. The artist, also dressed in a worker’s uniform, has joined the end of the production line.

As the shirts emerged from the workers&production line, the artist completed them by hand painting a selection of slogans onto the front side of each T-shirt. After the completion of the T-shirts, they were displayed on a long railing within the main gallery space, where they remained displayed for the entire duration of the exhibition at MoCA. (see Aliens Ltd.).

 

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The slogans are a selection of derogatory words regarding migrant workers that the artist found in the media. These are words and slogans used on a daily basis in the media and serve (whether intentionally or subconsciously) to undermine and otherwise derise individuals or groups of immigrants, civilians who do not belong to the countrie’s native population.

The T-shirt slogans are: SLAV.E, Illegal Alien, Send Me Back, Give Me Hell, Alien Mother and Bloody Foreigners.

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This project is featured in:

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Anthony Downey, Art and Politics Now Paperback: 240 pages Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd; 01 edition (6 Oct. 2014) Language: English ISBN-10: 0500291470 Click on the image to buy the book

Press Coverage:

Mute, Montly Cultural Magazine, 2009, Title: The Return of the Red Bourgeoisie, by Stefan Szczelkun

Camps (or the Precarious Logic of Late Modernity), by Antony Downy, 2011

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