The skin of labour,
Intervention / 16mm film / Photo / Object
In The Skin of Labour, the artist composes an uncertain landscape depicting a rubber plantation in the Ecuadorian Amazon. The latex collecting vessels have taken the shape of a hand, resembling a glove, a phantasmagorical presence that embodies the historical labour relations in the region.
The project, consisting of a 16mm film accompanied by photographs and an object, inquires about the core values that underlie human exploitation of nature, and reflects upon the impact of the technification of labour. The artist reads into the present legacy of a prolonged extractivism in the vital territory of the Amazon, evoking the skin as a protection mechanism, as much as a paradigm of fragility in a living system.
01. 02. 03. 04. 05. The skin of labour, inkjet print on Ilford paper, 27 x 36 cm, 2016. / 06. The skin of labour, film stills, B/W 16mm film, 9’30” (loop), Galería Madragoa, 2016. / 07. The skin of labour, installation view, Galería Madragoa, Lisbon, 2016. / 08. The skin of labour, butyl rubber, 65 x 10 cm, 2016. / 09. The skin of labour, installation view, Galería Madragoa, Lisbon, 2016.