Open Letters to Suzanne Lacy, Nato Thompson, Catherine J. Morris, Brooklyn Museum, Creative Time

a real-time dialogue as parallel background to the project INVISIBLE LABOR: A REAL-TIME ARCHIVE FOR ATHENS BIENNALE 2013 http://laborinvisible.blogspot.gr/

ArtLeaks

October 16, 2013

Dear Suzanne Lacy, Nato Thompson, Catherine J. Morris and volunteers and staff of Brooklyn Museum and Creative Time,

We are artists, scholars, activists, feminists, wage laborers and mothers performing in Between the Door and the Street. While there are many merits to this piece, and we are hopeful about the public conversations we will engage in, we raise issue with the lack of payment for performers and the lack of childcare options for participating mothers.

As feminists, we believe not paying the 350 women participants perpetuates labor inequality, devalues women’s time and assumes that all women in this piece are financially able to volunteer time, energy, emotional and political content for free. We believe that assuming and relying on free/unpaid contributions of our time for your project continues to perpetuate a standard of capitalist economy that systematically underpays and disenfranchises us, and devalues our time, our…

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