04.11 - 06.8 / Opening 11.04, 5pm
The exhibition (Im)possible Labor is part of a research cycle on feminism, magic and post-capitalism. Initiated in 2017, WWW³ (WORLD WIDE WEB / WILD WO.MEN WITCHES / WORLD WITHOUT WORK) aims to think collectively about our futures.
Through a corpus of installation and performance, as well as socially engaged artistic practices, this research cycle asks the following questions: What links can we weave between magic and post-capitalism? Are we capable of imagining an "exit" from capitalism and putting it into action? How can art, magic and politics be understood in the same way, as creative actions?
Evoking both domesticity and laborious work (Im)possible labor is intended as a space of circulation for ideas regarding women’s work — invisible, domestic, care, reproductive labor — post-capitalism, post-work, feminist economics, wages for housework, universal basic income and magic as a creative action. Highlighting the various connections between witchcraft, handicraft, domesticity and politics, the exhibition proposes the inclusion of certain craft techniques, namely weaving and tapestry. Aiming at an appropriation of skills and knowledge endangered by capitalism, this inclusion raises questions relating to the real or imagined opposition of craftwork and labor work, private and public, as well as production and reproduction work.
AROUND THE EXHIBITION
Day of reflection
04.13.19 / 1pm - 4:30pm
As part of (Im)possible Labor, the artist Marie-Andrée Godin invites you to a day of participative reflection around the issues raised by the exhibition. Drawing on different texts and summoning ideas from feminist economics, post-capitalist theories and witchcraft as a means of action, the artist will propose to think about the work of women and art.
In order to promote greater accessibility, the discussion will be conducted in French and English. We will agree on the spot of a mode of operation, according to the ease and capacities of each one.
Thank you to register in advance by writing to:
Lecture / Camille Robert
From housework to invisible work: a century of feminist mobilizations
05.18, 2pm - 3pm
Since the beginning of the 20th century, several generations of feminists have mobilized to obtain the social, political and economic recognition of domestic work. During the 1980s, this struggle was however discarded from women’s movements and their history. This conference will provide a historical analysis of feminist discourses on domestic work and the debates surrounding its recognition through three avenues: socialization, household wage and government reforms. This retrospective will then briefly discuss some of the contemporary challenges of invisible work.
Camille Robert / Biography
Camille Robert is PhD candidate in history at the Université du Québec à Montréal. Her thesis project focuses on conflicts related to reproductive labor work in the context of the neoliberal turn of the Quebec state, through the study of three strikes in the education sector (1982-1983) and health sector (1986, 1989). She is a recipient of a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (2018 - 2021). As part of her master’s thesis, she became interested in the speeches and mobilizations of Quebec feminists for the recognition of housework. Her research was published as a book by Éditions Somme toute in 2017. She has also co-edited a collective work on the invisible work of women in Quebec, published by Éditions du remue-ménage in 2018.