As precarity and lack of rest are prevalent issues in the cultural sector for artists and freelancers, we wanted to centre the perspectives of those whose experience of the working environment impacts their ability to work. Rather than asking these cultural workers to further extend their labour in return for little pay, we decided to use our production budget to pay three artists/curators to “rest” by buying themselves a treat, via a restorative experience of their choice. We then asked them to create an artistic response to this experience of rest, based on questions formed by the editorial team.
Please note that Lauren Craig’s piece is purposefully designed to be overwhelming, with layered sound and writing. A transcript is available if you would like to take more time with the information Lauren shares.
Slow Reflections on Precarity is part of the Emerging Curators Group takeover of the British Art Network’s newsletter, Winter 2021/22.
Contributors-Producers: Lauren Craig, Umulkhayr Mohamed
Guest Contributor: Candice Nembhard
Editors: Lauren Craig, Harvey Dimond, Chiedza Mhondoro, Umulkhayr Mohamed, Jess Starns
Video Editing: Sophia Luk
BSL Interpretation: Dionne Thomas, Diverse Signs
Easy Read Transcription: A2i Transcription Services Ltd