curated by Apart collective
Krokus Gallery, Bratislava

15 Feb - 29 Mar 2018

Behind every exhibition opening, festival and biennale is hidden creativity and artistic labour. In the contemporary world of art and the global art market, a great deal of artistic labour remains unrecognized, eventhough the existence of the whole environment stands and falls on its tangible results.

The exhibition Art Is Work aims to establish a discussion about the underfinanced cultural sector in the Slovak art scene, in particular about the lack of financial evaluation for artists and in adequate conditions for their work.

Presented art works, planned lectures and debates in various forms ask questions about the value of artistic work, point to its precarization and its relation to capitalism, and its forms and transformations in (neo) liberal society. It seems,
that in order forthe system of unfair redistribution, in which we live today, to reproduce itself, certain “work” must disappear in order for another “work” to appear. Whether it is the work of a cultural employee or artist, wage worker or artistic installation, which is a result of artistic
labour. In spite of its necessity, we are not allowed to see certain”work” so that we do not see
the malfunctioning of the system.

ART IS WORK v spolupráci s / in collaboration with: A2 kulturní čtrnáctideník, APART collective, Feministická (umělecká) instituce, Liam Gillick, Anetta Mona Chişa & Lucia Tkáčová, Jana Kapelová, Barbora Kleinhamplová, Bojana Kunst, Nulová mzda, Mohammad Salemy, Krisdy
Shindler, Jiří Skála, Tereza Stejskalová, Pavel Sterec, Raša Todosijević, Anton Vidokle, Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.)

produkcia / production by Ema Hesterová, Katarína Neubelerová
architektúra / architecture by Andrej Žabkay

Ďakujeme / Thanks to: e-flux, Krokus Galéria, Miro Gajdoš, Martina Hajachová, Klaudia Kosziba, Maureen Paley, Andrej Sádecký, Lise Soskolne,, laureáti Ceny Oskára Čepána 2017 – Katarína Hrušková, Nik Timková, Zuzana Žabková