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We Love You

Judyta Grudzien | United States

5 hours 27 minutes (#4)

“We Love You” is an experimental photo based project about domestic work done by housekeepers, colloquially known as “cleaning ladies”.

I am one of those housekeepers.

While I’m working I’m wearing rubber gloves with attached to them color film negatives of spaces I’m in.
During this performative act, the fragile surface of film gets degraded and alternated permanently by poisonous household chemicals as human body also is.

My hands are my daily tools: indispensable but very vulnerable. By using a chemigram process, I place my bare hands immersed in domestic cleaning chemistry onto light sensitive photographic paper creating direct “hand prints”.They are both, a testimony to my slow deterioration and an homage to the first human cave paintings.

By using my voice as an Artist to tell my story as a Cleaning Lady, I want to stand up for myself, justify my existence as a human and initiate the long overdue uncomfortable conversation on a social class system where the imbalance of power between employer and employee treats the latter one like “disposable gloves”.

 

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