Women still do most of the unpaid work. They were born for it. They give up their career opportunities by working part-time or not working at all. They cheerfully give up their economic independence and their pension rights to do the housework. They are happy to take the risk of ending up in poverty when they are replaced by a younger species.
Sounds incredible, doesn’t it? It is!
Unpaid work puts the spotlight on the theme of housework. In the photo series, a parallel is drawn between a boring job and a playgame. We all remember that when you had to join a chore as a child, time seemed endless. You wandered into your fantasy and started playing. You were in your own world. As an adult we no longer play, we fantasize instead. We act the same way as when we were a child, we escape reality. According to Freud, our fantasy is, like a game, the representation of an unconscious wish fulfillment. It is a way of escaping from what is unpleasant. The images created for Unpaid Labor are the result of such a process of play and fantasy.
Unpaid work remains a sensitive topic. You can look at it from two angles. That ’s the reason why the fragmentary self-portraits were made using two cameras. They consist of two simultaneous shots of that same pose. Just like the unpaid work, the image through one camera will look different, better or worse, than the image that originates from the other camera.