NECESSARY WORK

International Study Group with Adelita Husni Bey


Organized by the VCA and co-presented with the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School, NYC where Adelita Husni Bey is a 2020-2022 Fellow.

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Miniature by Pierart dou Tielt illustrating the Tractatus quartus bu Gilles li Muisit (Tournai, c. 1353). The people of Tournai bury victims of the Black Death. ms. 13076 - 13077 fol. 24v. Pierart dou Tielt (fl. 1340-1360)Vera List Center Fellow, Adelita Husni Bey, hosts a public study group with the Victorian College of the Arts at University of Melbourne on the concept of “necessary work” as a cipher for what reinforces and normalizes capitalist production in times of crisis, following a Marxist feminist understanding of reproductive labor. The group studies the language used in protocols that insist on the necessity of work during the pandemic by assigning “critical” status to certain infrastructural and industrial sectors by shifting risk, coded as “responsibility,” to the workers. Each session includes a guest speaker who delivers a short talk, with Husni Bey and Alex Martinis Roe, Head of Drawing and Printmaking/Senior Lecturer in Art, VCA, offering exercises to embody and develop a somatic relation to the realities discussed.

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Image: Miniature by Pierart dou Tielt illustrating the Tractatus quartus bu Gilles li Muisit (Tournai, c. 1353). The people of Tournai bury victims of the Black Death. ms. 13076 - 13077 fol. 24v. Pierart dou Tielt (fl. 1340-1360)