The Hand at Work #1: curated screening with Jenny Richards at Mint, ABF Huset, Stockholm

May 2019
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6pm at Mint, ABF huset, Stockholm

Join us for the first in a series of screenings at MINT that looks for the body's place in contemporary labour relations.

The Hand at Work (part 1) is a film screening and discussion that takes a close study of Giorgi Gago Gagoshidze film, The Invisible Hand of My Father (24 minutes, 2018) paired with Sarah Browne’s The Invisible Limb (20 minutes, 2014). In both films the the hand can be seen as the narrator, drawing us to the distinct ways it has been employed and conceptualised.

The films allow us to consider the symbolic resonance of the hand within different workplaces and political systems, in dialogue with the intimate affect of work on the body. Both refer to a ‘phantom limb’, either as bodily sensation or as metaphor. This emphasises aspects of worker experience that may be lost or defy verification, even if they are keenly felt. Whose hands, and what types of labour, are registered in representations of work? Screened at MINT and within the workplace of ABF how might we speculate and reconsider the hands’ imaginary and importance within working struggle today?

This is the first in a series of screenings that feels for the body's place in contemporary labour relations from intersectional feminist positions.
The Hands at Work (part 2) deepens conversations and questions raised by the work of Giorgi Gago Gagoshidze and Sarah Browne, though other artist and activist practices.

The screenings are curated by Sarah Browne and Jenny Richards.