The most interesting takeaway of ARTWORK is the framework itself, which seeks to center the artists who have, historically, played an overlooked role in making the art world turn.
Desperate for economic relief and legal protection, a new collective is responding to the government’s negligence and working to address structural problems of the art scene.
ART ON STRIKE was created in early December as trade unions called for protests against the government’s new pension scheme and has since been consistent in organizing protests and demonstrations.
One anonymous employee says it worries him that he has not been paid for six months, despite continuing to do his job and sometimes working late nights.
This practice will play a crucial role in breaking the cycle of women and minorities being historically underpaid in comparison to their white male counterparts.
The 27 claimants are alleging unfair dismissal and discrimination on the grounds of length of service, age, and sex.
Security guards’ annual salaries are less than half the state’s annual median income, hovering just above the equivalent of minimum wage.
“We’re like the roadies of the art world,” states Shane Caffrey in his 2010 video announcement for the first Art Handling Olympics. “It’s not an art piece, it’s a community event … it’s a thing for a community that has never really had any chance to get together.”