Diaspora is one of the three newest posters of Werker 4 – An Economic Portrait of the Young Artist, an ongoing project of Werker Magazine by Marc Roig Blesa and Rogier Delfos started in 2011. The idea of this poster came from an unsuccessful application of Ninetofive and Andrea Valdés to the BCN Producció ’13 call, to which we submitted Diaspora, a proposal that was critical with the current artistic context in Barcelona. The project focused on the high mobility of the younger generations of artists as a symptom of their precariousness and their new production conditions.
Werker 4 – An Economic Portrait of the Young Artist was inspired by the first mural newspapers published in Russia during the 20s, which were read in factories, schools, hospitals or workers’ associations. It is made up of a series of posters on the gallery walls that make the lack of stability, present in the life and work of young artists, visible. Diaspora, Donation and Free Labour are the titles of the three new posters made especially for Werker Sweatshop.
Werker Sweatshop, the first solo exhibition of Werker within the context of an art gallery, was shown at García Galería (Madrid) in May-July 2013. The word sweatshop (or sweat factory) is a pejorative English term used to describe workshops or factories where workers are subjected to a harsh environment, often with inadequate ventilation and occasionally subject to physical, mental or sexual abuse, under working conditions that are dangerous for their health and during extremely long working hours.
* Text of the poster Diaspora:
The simple fact we had to apply to a curatorial subsidy is already a symptom something is wrong. There is such a lack of opportunities, you know – that we even apply to projects which are not directly in our line of work. Everybody is giving a chance to anything that could generate some funding. Inventing new collaborations, new production ideas and imagining different ways of working. I think the Diaspora project was rather positive. I saw it as a positive reaction to the actual dismantling of Barcelona’s contemporary art scene. Apparently the jury didn’t perceive it as such. What were they expecting? An exhibition with young artists from the city pretending nothing has happened? The situation is so critical and nothing is moving. There’s this immediate reaction, you know – people need to go somewhere else to make money.