Artists Remake the World
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The Author : Camille Richert

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Camille Richert is a graduate of the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon in contemporary history. Her first research work in social history focused on women workers in the inter-war period. After a stint at the École du Louvre, she began a doctoral thesis in 2016 under the supervision of Laurence Bertrand Dorléac at Sciences Po – Paris, where she lectures in history at the Collège Universitaire. Her research work focuses on representations of work in art since 1968. In the vein of the social history of art, she articulates art history with history, anthropology or sociology to weave a visual history of work-related gestures and emotions from the decline of Western political ideologies to the present day. She also worked as an editor at Lafayette Anticipations – Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette (2014-2018), where she was in charge of publishing the institution’s first books and coordinated the ReSource project, a tool for documenting contemporary art production. As an art critic, she regularly collaborates with various public and private institutions as well as magazines. This article is her third publication in Switch (on Paper).

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Investigation by Camille Richert
13 September 2018

Bodies without Fatigue

Investigation by Camille Richert

Current social movements opposing work and employment conditions are not lacking “spectacularity”. But the panache of these collective protests cannot eclipse more subdued forms of opposition. Sleeping, dreaming, taking breaks or even playing constitute micro-resistances to the brutality of work, as certain artists have been showing us for several decades. Although the visibility of these revolts is negligible, this does not weaken their efficiency: on the contrary, they can be seen as the introduction of a kind of agency into the heart of a hard-working day-to-day life.

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