did I ever tell you that my mother’s grandfather lost his ear as a child building railroads? he was a child railroad laborer! he was allegedly like…seven. my aunt’s late husband traced his lineage back to a series of home children. he grew up in burton.
take care of your furniture. seriously, how many talks have you gotten about sustainability and community-building and labor from 25 y/os with houses furnished in a combination of plywood Target salvage and really nice antique wood furniture they get beer rings on and will have aged past its century in the 2 years it lives in a co-op or w/e
I did not make any arguments I just kind of flailed in the direction of the commissioned embroidery Judy Chicago didn’t pay for with a look of disgust on my face hoping you would get what I’m trying to say
also re: her presentation, I totally get that someone might not know the Right Terminology or w/e but I feel like if you are an artist notably speaking on labor issues you should know by 2011 not to refer to people as “illegal”
the thing that I always get so hung up on about this type of activism is this forgetting, though. the nineties made such a spectacle of liberal backlash against sweatshops/self-flagellation/nationalism as centrist labor activism as nationalism! you cannot not remember Charles Kernaghan and Kathie Lee!! in Michael Moore’s second movie he confronted Phil Knight!! Phil Knight gave Michael Moore a pair of Nikes!! what were you doing??
also i am SURE their parents voted for reagan
craftivists’ introduction (“”) of “the handmade” into anti-sweatshop media is enabled by the invisibility of laborers, the hand of the feminist knitter in the u.s. or canada precedes the hand of the factory laborer in, to run with the example, honduras. you cannot say “I am going to introduce the idea that things are made by people, with hands” unless you have already erased the hand that has made and has been making those things. in order to make the statement, then, “I am knitting this thing to remind you that consumer objects are made by people, human people, with hands” the artist must assume and/or create an audience who does not recognize/accept the existence/subjectivity of factory workers making consumer goods. therefore, the hand of the feminist knitter in the u.s. or canada also precedes and also precludes the hand of the factory laborer in, to run with the most run with example, honduras.
halfsquaretriangles said: "we forget that even today Nikes are made by workers rather than suddenly appearing fully-formed out of nowhere by magic"
halfsquaretriangles said: "and enjoy it a lot, then suddenly realize"
I have to dig up this other appalling quote that I will never forget, Allison Smith in a roundtable with Julia Bryan-Wilson in Modern Painters: "we forget that even today Nikes are made by workers." we do?? we do?????