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Using Art to Describe Labor

MIAMI — In the past year, there’s been a lot discussion about the Chinese workers who make Apple products. Exposés and reports have been written, all of which have presumably made us a bit more aware of the conditions under which those workers labor and live. But we still buy iPads and iPhones and MacBooks. Nothing much has really changed. There’s still a disconnect between the things we buy, the objects with which we surround ourselves, and the people who make them.

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ArtLeaks Plans Gazette to Talk About Art-World Corruption

The art world is a notoriously secretive place. Even though it’s pretty much universally agreed upon that the system and its attendant economics are royally screwed up, people are still hesitant to talk openly about the problems. In the past year, thankfully, this has been shifting a bit, due in part to the efforts of Occupy Museums, Arts & Labor, and other OWS-offshoot groups, as well as organizations like W.A.G.E., which presented the data it gathered from a 2010 survey about payments to artists who exhibited with nonprofit institutions. (The conclusion? Artists are [fucking] poor. Why? Because they often go unpaid.)

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Workers Occupy Cinecittà to Save the Legendary Roman Studio

Rome’s Cinecittà Studios have provided the sets for some of the most famous movies in Western cinema: William Wyler’s Ben-Hur, Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita, Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather: Part III, Anthony Minghella’s The English Patient, Roberto Benini’s Life Is Beautiful, and Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York, to name just a few. Today, however, the studios are occupied not by a film crew making a big-budget blockbuster, but by a group of striking workers.