Hand over Heels is a performance that takes over Art in General’s office to reflect on the experience of work within institutional structures. It stems from research the artist has conducted on our contemporary relationship to labor and its uncertainties, and asks: what norms must we conform to, however unstable, in order to get by? What kind of work do we want to do? How do we measure and define our capacities? Unfolding over the course of eight hours—the duration of a typical workday—performers recite excerpts from cover letters and psychosocial questionnaires relating to unpaid internships. Meanwhile, a giant pair of hands inflates and deflates under the performer-workers’ supervision, simultaneously affirming and questioning our dominant labor systems today.
The performance is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Danilo Correale: At Work’s End, which imagines a future without work.
Barbora Kleinhamplová lives and works in Prague. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts, Prague and was the recipient of the 2015 Jindich Chalupecký Award. Recent solo exhibitions and performances include Mpeg Girl, Jeleni Gallery, Prague (2016); Meeting Expectations, 209, Brno; and Sleepers’ Manifesto, Armaturka, Ústí nad Labem (both 2014). Recent group exhibitions include It Could Be a Community, KV Leipzig, Germany (2017), Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, Ny Show #3, Ny Space, Manchester; Liturgie, Centre Tchèque, Paris; Telepathy or Esperanto, Futura, Prague; and Subversive Tactics, The Czech Center New York (all 2015). Barbora was a resident artist at MMCA Seoul, South Korea in 2015 and at Gasworks, London in 2016, and she is currently in residence at Residency Unlimited, New York.
Performers: Jake Lasser, Amélie Gaulier, Rebecca Lloyd-Jones, Tyler Rai, and Anna Slate.