The Time of “Women’s Work”

Film - Series | November 13 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Cinema and human labor are linked through the ephemeral experience of time. As a time-based medium, film is uniquely able to reveal the complex temporalities of work. But it is the work of women—often overlooked or even invisible—that poses unique challenges for the medium. This program focuses on four experimental approaches to the temporalities of women’s work. Harun Farocki’s classic video An Image shows the labor of creating a nude photograph of a woman for a glossy porn magazine in real time. In Chick Strand’s Fake Fruit Factory, we hear, rather than see, women workers fashioning papier-mâché fruit while commiserating about their male boss. The Palace by Nicolás Pereda is a poetic observation of the training of Mexican girls and women to do paid domestic labor. Finally, new media artist Elisa Giardina Papa creates a series of digitally generated images of women to explore the invisible labors of online caregiving and emotional support work.

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