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Marthe Van Dessel bolwerK, Factory of Found Clothes

Utopian Unemployment Union

Photo: Caroline Vincart
As part of the exhibition entitled ‘Nepotists, opportunists, freaks, friends and strangers, intersecting in the grey zone’, the third act, a strategy to illustrate our role, the Factory of Found Clothes invited people to take part in a performance. In particular, the FFC was looking for men who were frustrated as a result of having been made redundant. The FFC but also sociological studies show that men and women behave differently after losing their job. Men lose a part
of their identity because they are deprived of their traditional role as breadwinner and head of the household.
Less is expected of women and so they are much more flexible when it comes to choosing a career.

Furthermore, in the post-industrial society more and more traditionally male jobs are being abolished. The FFC presented participation in the performance as an experiment and an adventure, but also as a therapy to overcome gender problems.

They firmly believe that art can help people, and invited the participants to use their situation to try and adopt a different state of mind. According to the FFC, the loss of a job can be revolutionary. After all, at times when we are in fixed collocations/obligations/ positions, sometimes the opportunity presents itself to reinvent our identity and start over again.

A discussion phase at Genk Cultural Centre and auditions for choreographer and ballerinas were followed by the preparatory phase for the performance in the Waterschei mine building in April 2010.

Marthe Van Dessel bolwerK, Factory of Found Clothes

Utopian Unemployment Union

They firmly believe that art can help people, and invited the participants to use their situation to try and adopt a different state of mind. According to the FFC, the loss of a job can be revolutionary. After all, at times when we are in fixed collocations/obligations/ positions, sometimes the opportunity presents itself to reinvent our identity and start over again.

Artists:

Great and Special Thanks and admirations to:

performers :
Brecht Buysse
Yentl De Werdt
Judith Clijster
Annemie Ghekiere
Caroline Mathieu
Heerkens Marciss
Nina Stoupina
Marthe Van Dessel

witnesses from the history:
Charles and Uber and all the minor workers community in Genk

all the people who kindly agreed to participate
in the pre-research interviews.

choreography:
Benjamin Vandewalle
Christie Di Perna

idea of the project:
Gluklya (Natalia Pershina-Yakimanskaya,FFC) 

photography:
Caroline Vincart

camera:
Dirk Knaeps
Gluklya (Natalia Pershina-Yakimanskaya, FFC)

editing & cutting:
Sergey Yugov
Natalia-Gluklya

curator and mothercare of the project:
bolwerK
(Nepotists, opportunists, friends, freaks and strangers intersecting in the grey zone. )

support:
Z33, Gynaika, FLACC, nadine, Cultureel centrum Genk, Mijngebouw Waterschei 
and Karen Verschooren, Robbie Hermans

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