• Fake Fruit Factory
  • An Image
  • The Palace
  • Technologies of Care

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The Time of “Women’s Work”

  • Introduction

Cinema and human labor are linked through the ephemeral experience of time. As a time-based medium, film is uniquely able to reveal the complex temporalities of work. But it is the work of women—often overlooked or even invisible—that poses unique challenges for the medium. This program focuses on four experimental approaches to the temporalities of women’s work. Harun Farocki’s classic video An Image shows the labor of creating a nude photograph of a woman for a glossy porn magazine in real time. In Chick Strand’s Fake Fruit Factory, we hear, rather than see, women workers fashioning papier-mâché fruit while commiserating about their male boss. The Palace by Nicolás Pereda is a poetic observation of the training of Mexican girls and women to do paid domestic labor. Finally, new media artist Elisa Giardina Papa creates a series of digitally generated images of women to explore the invisible labors of online caregiving and emotional support work.

—Jeffrey Skoller

Films in this Screening

An Image
(Ein Bild)

Harun Farocki, West Germany, 1983

FILM DETAILS 
Print Info
  • Color
  • Digital file
  • 25 mins
source
  • Video Data Bank

Fake Fruit Factory

Chick Strand, United States, 1986

FILM DETAILS 
Print Info
  • Color
  • 16mm
  • 22 mins
source
  • BAMPFA

The Palace
(El palacio)

Nicolás Pereda, Mexico, 2013

FILM DETAILS 
Language
  • Spanish
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • Color
  • DCP
  • 36 mins
source
  • Interior XIII

Technologies of Care: Worker 1

Elisa Giardina Papa, United States, 2016

FILM DETAILS 
Print Info
  • Color
  • Digital file
  • 4 mins
source
  • Elisa Giardina Papa

Technologies of Care: Worker 2

Elisa Giardina Papa, United States, 2016

FILM DETAILS 
Print Info
  • Color
  • Digital file
  • 3 mins
source
  • Elisa Giardina Papa

Technologies of Care: Worker 3

Elisa Giardina Papa, United States, 2016

FILM DETAILS 
Print Info
  • Color
  • Digital file
  • 4 mins
source
  • Elisa Giardina Papa