Fuck Work Today, Just Taking Care (2016-2017)
Fuck Work Today, Just Taking Care is a "work" that comprises of a few memorabilia — no "real" art works were ever made — and a series of short diaristic-contemplation texts written for a "virtual yet functioning residency" called Residency for Artists on Hiatus (RFAOH), that is actually based in Montreal, Canada. RFAOH is "available to artists who, for one reason or another, are not currently making or presenting art". And "regardless of the diverse understanding of 'artistic' engagement in our time, many artists endure varying levels of anxiety and pressure of meeting the demand to be productive. They seek the tacit approval or at least acknowledgement of their peers and an artworld economy, deemed necessary to maintain their artist status. RFAOH will allow artists freedom from the obligations of being an artist."
With that being said, the hiatus happened between August 2016 to June 2017, the residency coincided with the period of my second year of studies at the Dutch Art Institute (DAI), where I have faced (and still not completely resolved) ambivalence towards art making/production, and spending time just thinking about art making (and not actually producing them). Fuck Work Today, Just Taking Care on the one hand addresses the failure of the artist who ultimately succumbed to the "demands of (art) production," and the market forces. On the other hand, it examines the binary of work and life by seeking to understand the importance of "taking care of" or "caring for", before a presumptuous exhaustion from the dominant capitalist life and time.
The stipend from the 10-months-long residency has mainly contributed towards books, and amongst that, a ticket to the 57th Venice Biennale, and the cost of this website subscription.
Click here to read my contributions to RFAOH.