The artists who took part explored themes such as the role of the individual, the relationship between work and space, and between the body and work, the role of tools, and social conflicts. Some of the pieces on display also looked at factory and office life and major transport infrastructure, as well as the life and output of the artist.
The exhibition sought to make the viewer question his/her own perception of the world of work. By choosing photography as their main support, the artists highlighted the links between heavy industry and photography, which both emerged at the same period, in the 19th century.
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Photo credit: Olivia Gay, “Ouvrière sur fond gris” (“Female worker on a grey background”), from the series “Les ouvrières de l’Aigle” (“Female workers from Aigle”), 2008 © Olivia Gay
Published on 5 September 2013.