The project aims to disseminate stories of resistance to labour and segregation that have germinated in various historical, political and geographical contexts.
Part-time Resistance presents three episodes concerning gestures that were devised to emancipate oneself from a state of constraint – of body, labour or freedom – through acts of sabotage. The first episode Prison Alphabet concerns Albanian political prisoners who, during the communist dictatorship, adopted a code that allowed them to communicate secretly by tapping knuckles, bones and fingers on the walls of their cells; the second episode, The Semstresses of Ravensbrück, brings to light the story of women forced to work in the Ravensbrück concentration camp who invented ways of sabotaging the SS tailoring line with faulty stitching in the officers’s garments; the last one, Slow Workers, refers to the strategy of 'working slowly' that began to spread in the late 19th century among exploited workers in the countryside in Malaysia and England.
Each of these three stories unfolds through three components: a photographic triptych (3 photos, 70 x 50 cm each), a sound piece (about 4 minutes long, to be listened to through headphones) and an in-presence workshop held by a human book (with a duration of at least 3 hours, and a maximum of 15 participants). The core of the project revolves around the generative transmission of practices of resistance, assimilated by those who join the workshop guided by the human books – i.e. the artist or a participant from a previous workshop, who agreed to contribute to the dissemination of its contents.
Produced by MACTE through PAC2020 – Piano per l’Arte Contemporanea from the Italian Ministry of Culture
3 photographic triptychs
75 × 50 cm
photos by Sara De Santis
triptych documentation Gianluca Di Ioia
3 audio tracks
Thanks to Simone Amoruso, Maria Fusco, Ylenia Regia Corte, Mattia Inno, Nico Angiuli
edit Nico Angiuli
filming Alfredo Mangione
How to use Part-time Resistance: description and activation methods