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Labours of Love: A Conversation on Art, Gender, and Social Reproduction

Child, Danielle; Reckitt, Helena and Richards, Jenny. 2017. Labours of Love: A Conversation on Art, Gender, and Social Reproduction. Third Text 148, 31(1), pp. 147-168. ISSN 0952-8822 [Article]

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Taking the form of a discussion among an art historian, a curator and an artist, the article explores the assumption that it is love, rather than material gain, that motivates art and cultural workers. Addressing the internalisation of the ideology that one loves one's labour, the interlocutors consider the gendered and class conditions of work in the cultural and academic sectors. Reading ‘theory’ against ‘practice’, they reflect on their own work experiences and upbringings, their curatorial research, and their readings of feminist and Marxist theories of artistic and feminised labour. The discussion considers how the precarious conditions of cultural labour today divide and isolate workers, immersing them in antagonism and competition, and how reflections within feminist art history and theory have possibly downplayed the ongoing (rather than historical) importance of class as well as reproductive labour. Highlighting the dangers of over-identifying with work, the three contributors consider the potential of dis-identifying from work roles and from institutional conventions as one strategy that can potentially challenge the exploitation of the self as well as others. The article concludes with a consideration of how ‘labours of love’ might be collectively revalued and prioritised.

Item Type: Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1080/09528822.2017.1365492

Additional Information:

published in a special issue on Social Reproduction & Art, edited by by Angela Dimitrakaki and Kirsten Lloyd

Keywords:

Danielle Child, Helena Reckitt, Jenny Richards, academic labour, cultural labour, social reproduction, Feminist art, Feminist Art History, labours of love, Manual Labours, Now You Can Go

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Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Art

Dates:

DateEvent
14 January 2017Accepted
8 September 2017Published

Item ID:

20035

Date Deposited:

16 Mar 2017 13:23

Last Modified:

08 Jan 2018 10:57

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI: http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/20035

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