To Die in Labour: Work

Let work, work, work,
To die in labor!

The late capitalist environment shapes a citizen through complex, multi-layered and interdependent systemic violent practices. The post-Soviet environment makes these practices simpler and more outspoken. The grassroot response to the violence of the authorities becomes forcibly violent, especially with the participation of the far right, which has established itself as a radical and

passionate component of the protest forces. At the same time, power optics are turning a peaceful protest in soft “liberal” forms into a blind spot of political speech, a passive resource of discontent that only awaits radicalization in a violent direction.Labor in modern cities balances between the ubiquity and the invisibility. The city’s landscape is a landscape of work and numerous options of practiсal involvement of human resource in the production processes and services. De-actualization of the “working day” concept and full integration of consumption into what is meant to be rest , made the subject a completely productive body. In other words, the subject lost his own sense, his existence, but the methods by which it is happening can be considered graceful. The bodies are working, the psyches are working, the fates and identities are working. The artworks by Marie Lukáčová from Czech Republic and Taras Kamennoy from Ukraine are related to contemporary models of life dissolving in work, containing however paradoxical recipes of escape from its totality, an “anti-productive” preservation of oneself for oneself.