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Work in Progress. Reflections on Communities Beyond Capitalism

Exhibition: drawings, video and instalation
Vesna Bukovec, Tia Čiček, Ana Čigon, Andrea Knezović
10/11/2022 - 8/12/2022
Škuc Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenija

Exhibition events
19. 11. from 6 pm until 6 am: Nocturnalities: Bargaining Beyond Rest |Full night artistic research event – from dusk till dawn
24. 11. at 6 pm: Discussion on labour
2. 12. at 6 pm: Discussion on communities
6. 12. at 6 pm: viewing of the exhibition and evaluation of the project with Vesna Bukovec, Ana Čigon and Tia Čiček

Exhibition pdf
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The beginnings of the project date back to 2020, when cultural workers and artists Ana Čigon and Vesna Bukovec proposed to the artistic director of Škuc Gallery, Tia Čiček, to prepare an exhibition that would search for an answer to the question: Where do we go from here? In an effort to understand thecurrent approach to work itself and the role it plays in the current social order, we created a reading circle. At biweekly meetings, we shared knowledge and read literature on labour theory, care, post-colonialism, labour movements, etc. in order to understand the hierarchy of values that places product above process, productivity and profit above the worker themselves.

With the project and exhibition Work in Progress. Reflecting on Communities Beyond Capitalism, we shed light on the precarious and dangerous social situation into which the present-day worker is thrust. The exhibition creates a temporary point of support with a co-working space for the exchange of opinions, with resting and learning spaces, as well as an entry point into the process of unlearning unjust and harmful work structures. Trade unionist Tea Jarc (Youth Plus Trade Union), Phd Svetlana Slapšak (retired professor, classical philologist, anthropologist and writer) and Jadranka Vesel (Rise, Research Institute for Social Economy) generously shared their views on work, the contemporary worker, community and the future.

The exhibition Work in Progress. Reflecting on Communities Beyond Capitalism points to the need to rethink current forms of work and activity and to recognise, internalise and challenge certain patterns of behaviour and oppression. Ways of recovery and empowerment can be seen in knowledge sharing, community building and the creation of new living and working conditions. The dismantling of the existing hierarchy of values, which neglects the worker in favour of profit and false “progress”, can be seen as the key to creating a more just world.

Link to the video Prekariat of the World ... (only in Slovene)


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Photos Simao Bessa, Škuc Gallery (1 to 9), Janez Zalaznik (10 to 12) and drawings by Ana Čigon (13 to 36)


Ana Čigon