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economy of desperation / 11 november @ mexican art museum chicago

7 Nov

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ECONOMY OF DESPERATION (Sp. transl. ¡Chupalo!)

monday, november 11, 7:30 pm

national museum of mexican art
1852 w 19th st, chicago (locate) pink line
we will scrutinize the financialization of despair. the capitalization of vulnerability. the speculation of fear.
we will have a go at the artification of sweat laborers. the spectacularization of the undocumented. the intellectualization of the humiliated. the exoticization of the poor.
we will not glorify, victimize and valorize anybody or anything.
we will simply, clinically, hire a woman to do the dirty work.
with: ioana paun, karen rodriguez, enid munoz, allyce torres, christine shallenberg
this performance is part of ioana paun’s residency in US, supported by CEC artslink and hosted by teatro luna. to assemble it, ioana has met and discussed with immigrant women doing domestic labor, many US citizens and a deportation lawyer. she was motivated by francisca, elena, myrla, teresa and zoyla.
the work presented is part of a wider platform, invisible natalia, created together with sociologist Ivo Furman to expose the ways in which immigrants fill the gaps of dysfunctional economies.
read the illinois domestic bill of rights here
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Economy of Desperation – teaser

6 Nov

I started last week rehearsals for my performance. Working with 3 Hispanic performers of great guts and intelligence.

We’re showing it at the National Museum of Mexican Art (Chicago), next Monday.

Here is the teaser.

KITCHEN STROKE

1 Nov

Christine Shallenberg (Art Institute Chicago) is the associated artist for my project/research. This is a sample of tracking a woman while washing dishes. Our next step is to capture the strokes of a caregiver while washing the body of her patient.

We discussed today about the infrared technology perception of human-beings. We jumped, then, to the frequent social perception of immigrant domestic workers as being sub-human & modern-slaves. We found interesting associating these two limitations of perception and what could come out of it throughout our collaboration.

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I WILL STAY WITH YOU UNTIL THE END (fragments of a care-giver)

31 Oct

research: immigrant domestic workers
location: chicago
subject: anonymous
artist: ioana paun

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LOVE & LABOR – can diapers and detergents become products of affection?

27 Oct
the sponge : a story of washing a 450lb-client

the sponge : a story of washing a 450lb-client

I participated to a Dialogue Table hosted at Hull House* with Latino Union around the issues of undocumented domestic workers. It was hosted due to the LOVE & LABOR exhib dedicated to domestic care where artifacts and stories of care-givers are exposed out as art pieces.

Other non-profits, domestic workers, activists and journalists participated and articulated the issues around informal care-givers.

WE ARE IMMIGRANTS

OUR JOB WAS NOT RECOGNIZED

NOT REGULATED

WE EARNED 1700 / MONTH

AND WORKED 24 HOURS/DAY

SO WE STARTED PROTESTING

BOYCOTTING

AND WE EARNED PROTECTION.

TO GAIN RIGHTS

YOU HAVE TO ASK FOR THEM

IN EVERY POSSIBLE WAY

BECAUSE THE POLITICIAN YOU ASK TO

HAS A WORKER LIKE YOU IN THE HOUSE

(and most likely wants to keep the payment low)

National Survey for Domestic Workers: assessing the matter

National Survey for Domestic Workers: assessing the matter

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* Hull House was a secular settlement house dedicated to the immigrants & founded by Jane Addams and Ellen Starr. Now there it is a museum for the immigrants, the workers, the women.

PS: The tour of the Museum was given on the day by Moyra, a Filipino activist and domestic worker. Moyra is a co-founder of Chicago Coalition of Household Workers.

Guiding the LOVE & LABOR exhibition

Guiding the LOVE & LABOR exhibition

TRABAJADOR INVISIBLE / INVISIBLE WORKER

23 Oct

Anónima, Mexico.
Lives and works in Chicago, USA.

Invisible Worker

Invisible Worker

I ARRIVED IN USA INSIDE A TRUCK

I ARRIVED IN USA INSIDE A TRUCK

EVERYDAY I WALK 15 MILES INSIDE HOMES, WHILE I CLEAN THEM

EVERYDAY I WALK 15 MILES INSIDE HOMES, WHILE I CLEAN THEM

HOW CAN WE FIGHT FOR OUR RIGHTS? I DON'T KNOW.

HOW CAN WE FIGHT FOR OUR RIGHTS? I DON’T KNOW.

I NEVER GO TO EVENTS, I AM SCARED OF DEPORTATION

I NEVER GO TO EVENTS, I AM SCARED OF DEPORTATION

I CAN'T READ AND WRITE

I CAN’T READ AND WRITE

YOU CAN TELL A DOMESTIC WORKER BY HER HANDS

YOU CAN TELL A DOMESTIC WORKER BY HER HANDS

Translations

Translations

TRABAJADOR INVISIBLE