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Ana Alenso, Ericka Beckman, Céline Berger, Eli Cortiñas, Kate Crawford & Vladan Joler, Simon Denny, Latoya Ruby Frazier, Melanie Gilligan, Allan Sekula, Wang Bing

Opening: August 25, 2022, 7 pm
Exhibition: August 26, 2022 to January 8, 2023

Curator: Julia Höner

In the age of globalisation, the world of work is less dependent on physical place and geographical location. But does space really disappear, or do new spaces of labour and new geographical references emerge to replace the old ones? These questions are central to the group exhibition Landscapes of Labour, which sheds light on current economic processes and the role of workers within them as a relationship based on spatial constellations.

Paid jobs, or unpaid care- and housework, physical or cognitive occupation, traditional and new forms of work: the interest of artists in the conditions and places of labour has increased over recent decades in parallel to the worldwide networking of economic processes. In a time when corporations increasingly do business in non-spatial transnational networks, labour is also increasingly losing its immediate visibility. Nevertheless, the artists in the exhibition succeed in looking behind the scenes by referring to the social, political and ecological consequences of the ongoing structural changes of economy. These urgent issues unfold in the exhibition as a far-reaching intertwining of physical spaces, local activity and digital processes in a globalised world. Not least, the artists show us the links between economic and political interests, which simultaneously come into play in the structuring of space.

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Exhibition brochure

Background information on the exhibition and all the artists can be found here

WDR feature

We are happy to announce that WDR Westart featured our exhibition in their latest issue (min. 9:35-12:49). Did you miss it? Click here for Westart of August 27, 2022.

Accompanying program

, 7 pm

Landscapes of Labour: Opening

Welcome: Monika Schnetkamp, Chairwoman Arthena Foundation
Introduction: Julia Höner, Curator of the exhibition

, 3 pm

Tandem tour of the exhibition

with Moritz Scheper, director Neuer Essener Kunstverein and Julia Höner

, 7 pm


A conversation about the interfaces between art and the world of work
with Céline Berger, Friederike Sigler, Ruhr-Universität Bochum and Julia Höner

, 3 pm

Public guided tour | Landscapes of Labour

Public guided tours


Public guided tours | 3 pm: 04.09., 18.09., 02.10., 16.10., 30.10., 13.11., 27.11., 11.12.2022, 08.01.2023


Film programme: Work it!

A three-part film series on historical and contemporary depictions of labour in film and video, curated by Eli Cortiñas and Julia Höner

The programme presents hitherto little shown works at the margins of canonical film history. Contributions by international filmmakers and artists reveal the constellations of globally very different working environments and their effects on the environment, on social relations and living standards. They focus on the anonymous, working masses who once shouldered the burden of colonial geopolitics and today are limited to a ‚factor’ within capitalist cycles of value production.

Dates, at 7 pm each

Saturday, 5.11.2022 Landscapes of Labour
Friday, 11.11.2022 Working Dead
Friday, 18.11.2022 Coming Together

Location: Black Box, Schulstraße 4, 40213 Düsseldorf
Free entry
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