What does work and exploitation mean today, and what is the potential of solidarity? “SECURIWAS?” deals with security guards as the precarious result of the rapid developments of new labour. It attempts to shed light on the invisible hardships and contradictions of such a job.
In an era of Semio-capital, as the theorist Franco Berardi puts its, signs and symbols have become an essential focus of our lives. The work of Security Guards primarily consists of providing the symbol of security, order and authority. By embodying these symbols, an excessive focus on the body becomes apparent. The guards themselves become commodified to sell the image of security.
A series of photographs show on-site documentations of Security Guards at work that are then reperformed in a neutral setting. They reveal the tensions between reality and expectations in a struggle to uphold an image of security.
︎ KUNST HAUS WIEN
Virginia Lui, Miriam Hübl
KUNST HAUS WIEN | 2017