This poor blog has been neglected in the last couple of
weeks months not because I went on a long holiday and finally figured out all I want is to live on a deserted island and sell cocktails. Quite to the contrary, the project has kept me extremely busy.
“Structurally recyclable, basically disposable” has been to France, Italy, Switzerland and is now, literally now, in the United Kingdom to take the very last photographs. It has travelled a little bit through Germany and it’s currently getting ready for the first exhibition. Although participation is obviously closed as of now, you can still share your experience, as I am trying to collect them and present them in some form of publication or something along those lines.
I have to say it is always somewhat a relief when a project that lasted so long and which required so much time and energy comes to an end. However, it has really been a journey in a world I only thought I knew.
The striking thing has been meeting and talking to many interns or ex-interns and getting the feeling that critical thinking towards internships in general is not lacking at all. Free work is not generally accepted as necessary, nor it is true that we all comply to the rules without questioning them. The problem remains somewhat the lack of choice, because this is an issue that has not got the necessary attention and has not benefitted from the necessary in-depth analysis, outside of the obvious and stereotyped portraits of interns that the media delivers.
Internships are more and more to me the first step in a generally precarious professional life. The majority of the participants, ex-interns, are in a very precarious situation, and do not exclude that they will have to go through another internship in the future. This is also valid in case they decide to switch to another type of career, even when it’s something closely related to what they are already doing. So “structurally recyclable, basically disposable” takes on a broader meaning, in that this replaceability is valid inter-sectors.
Let me also announce, with great pride, the dates of the first exhibition which will take place in Berlin, at the ACUD Galerie, in the Veteranenstr. 21 (click here for google maps). The exhibition will run from the 5th to the 26th of March. Opening times: 14.00 to 20.00 everyday except Monday.
The vernissage will be on the 5th of March, from 20h00 (8 pm). Come and enjoy something to eat and to drink with me.
I would also like to thank all of those who have helped out during this long journey, being from helping me find a cheap space to shoot in, hosting me and generally giving a hand. A very special thanks goes to Christian Burtchen, without whom I would have never made it.
And, last but not least, I want to thank from the bottom of my heart the foundation that is sponsoring this project, Stiftung Menschenwürde und Arbeitswelt.
(Further dates and details for the other exhibitions will come soon!)
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Berlin: Go to exhibition’s archive
March 5th to 26th, ACUD Galerie, Veteranenstraße 21 (see ACUD press release). Tuesday to Sunday, 2 to 8 pm.
The exhibition in Berlin is over – thanks to everybody for coming!
Hamburg: Go to exhibition’s archive
April, University of Hamburg – April 16th to 30th, University of Hamburg, Foyer des Unigebäudes VMP8, Fakultät für Erziehungswissenschaft Von-Melle-Park 8. Mondays to Fridays from 7 am to 9.30 pm and on Saturdays from 7 am to 4 pm. The building is closed on Sundays. See the exhbition post and the CampusGrün announcement for more information. The exhibition in Hamburg is over – thanks to everybody for coming!
Naples: Go to exhibition’s archive
May 10th to 31st, Archeologiattiva, via Duomo 228, Napoli.
Mondays to Saturdays, from 10 am to 20 pm.
Vernissage on the 10th of May with readings on the topic of internships by Raffaella R. Ferré, author of “Santa Precaria”. More about the exhibition.
The exhibition in Naples is over – thanks to everybody for coming!
Geneva: Go to exhibition’s archive
June 12th to 18th, University of Geneva, Uni Mail Bd du Pont-d’Arve 40, 1205 Genève; Horaires: lundi au vendredi : 7h30 – 23h; samedi : 7h30 – 17h30; dimanche : fermé. The exhibition is over! Thank you all for coming.