Fotograf Magazine

#32 non-work

Work and leisure time are constantly changing. One of the causes of their radical transformation may be the change in the ratio of activities – the change caused by precarization (freelance work, parental leave) and automation at the times when stormy debates on the introduction of zero wages take place. The Fotograf magazine, published in parallel with the Fotograf Festival of the same thematic focus, will present photographers and artists who use reproductive media to deal with the issue of free time and paid work. The theme is called “non-work”, and the hyphen between “non” and “work” becomes the key criterion for the selection of artists and the synonym of further reflections. The hyphen also refers to the still poorly reflected space between “free time” and paid employment, including many other issues, for example undervalued work by women and minorities, replacement of labour by artificial intelligence, freelancing, or issues related to the world of art such as appropriation, machine-created images or zero wages of artists. The Fotograf magazine issue will also focus on work and working conditions of artists, while the selected photographs will serve as a material that will enable us to explore the institutionalization of free time in the past, the creation of the image of free time and work, and the way the concept of free time is changing now.

#32 non-work — Profiles

Daniela & Linda Dostálkovy

Linda is a well-known graphic designer; Daniela is a professional
photographer specialising in photo-documentation. But in the world of
contemporary art, they are known primarily as a creative tandem, the
Dostálková sisters…

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#32 non-work — Profiles

Jirka Skála

A recently established law in France aims to protect workers’ ‘right to
disconnect’. It requires companies of a certain size to clearly define hours
when staff should neither send nor answer emails, and it seeks to ensure
fairly paid work, prevent burnout and protect private time…

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#32 non-work — Profiles

Oliver Ressler

In his work, the Austrian artist and filmmaker Oliver Ressler (b: 1970)
explores the options of public space, describes socially and politically
engaged movements, and presents possible economic and political
alternatives to those which have become established…

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#32 non-work — Profiles

Martina Mullaney

We suffered terribly as we became our separate selves.
Virginia Woolf, The Waves, 1931

Anna, Anna, I am Anna, she kept repeating; and anyway I can’t be ill or
give way, because of Janet; I could vanish from the world tomorrow, and
it wouldn’t matter to anyone except to Janet…

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#32 non-work — Profiles

Céline Berger

“We have developed about a third of the project, but the first results
are already on the table. I expect the first concrete feedback after the
presentation of the results. But I have a problem with the management…

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