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The Skin of Labour
2016
Intervention | S 16 mm black & white film | Photography | Object
9’30” (loop)
 
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.

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The Skin of Labour
2016
Intervention | S 16 mm black & white film | Photography | Object
9’30” (loop)
 
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.

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01. The Skin of Labour, installation view, Galeria Madragoa, Lisbon, 2016 — 02. The Skin of Labour, butyl rubber, 65 cm x 10 cm, Galeria Madragoa, Lisbon, 2016 — 03. 04. The Skin of Labour, digital print on Ilford paper, 27 x 36 cm, Galeria Madragoa, Lisbon, 2016 — 05. 06. The Skin of Labour, detail, digital print on Ilford paper, 27 x 36 cm, Galeria Madragoa, Lisbon, 2016 — 07. 08. The Skin of Labour, projection room, 21ª Bienal de Arte Contemporânea Sesc_Videobrasil | Imagined Communities, São Paulo, 2019 — 10. The Skin of Labour, film still, Super 16 mm black & white film, 9’30” (loop), 2016.