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News article5 February 2020European Labour Authority, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion

Exhibition explores the realities of working in the EU

What does the European workplace look like today? Where are we in terms of equal opportunities? What about fair working conditions? These are all questions that a striking online exhibition from the European Commission.

Exhibition explores the realities of working in the EU
Top row (left to right): Boris Németh, Petruț Călinescu, Henrik Spohler; Middle row: Laura Ben Hayoun, Michele Borzoni, Marilou Liotet; Bottom row: Nos, Why Not?, Pilvi Takala, Mar Cuervo

Still a Working Title? Social and Employment Realities has been developed to portray Europeans in real-life situations and reflect some of the principles of the European Pillar of Social Rights. The exhibition shares stories around equal opportunities, the labour market, working conditions and inclusion through the mediums of photos and videos.

Selected by Belgian curator Ive Stevenheydens, the exhibition features nine major and up-and-coming artists from across Europe:

  • Petruț Călinescu (Romania) presents Pride and Concrete, a project about the recent transformations occurring in rural communities in his country following decades of migration abroad for work.
  • Boris Németh (Slovakia) uses photography to reflect on the ‘east’ and ‘west’ of Europe, and questions whether the divisions of the past have truly been overcome.
  • Henrik Spohler (Germany) focuses on logistics in photography series In Between, which looks at how our modern world has changed the face – and pace – of the transport industry.
  • Laura Ben Hayoun(France) uses her smartphone to capture the changes in the employment landscape over the years and particularly looks at new forms of employment.
  • Michele Borzoni(Italy) presents Open competitive examination, part of a documentary project that examines Italy’s current labour landscape.
  • Marilou Liotet (France) showcases the life of female truck driver Justine and her experiences of working in a male-dominated field.
  • Nos, Why Not? (non-profit organisation) shares work by photographers with intellectual and developmental disabilities, who have captured their best qualities on film.
  • Pilvi Takala (Finland) analyses working conditions and healthy working environments in intriguing documentary, The Stroker, which sees her go undercover at a local business.
  • Mar Cuervo (Spain) puts women in the spotlight in Sereas, a photographic collection that looks at the central role women play in a fishing town in Spain.

The exhibition is presented as part of the Europeana Collections, a website that provides access to over 50 million digitised items, including books, music and artwork. The website is dedicated to sharing cultural heritage for enjoyment, education and research.


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