Dirty Pictures

Logistics, Infrastructure and Invisible Labour

presented by Donald Weber
guest speakers Michele Borzoni, Mads Holm, Donald Weber

The click of a mouse button can send you anything imaginable via online marketplaces such as Amazon. Within the fast circulation of goods, often hidden are forces of displacement, dispossession and violence. Warehouses, megaships and mega-ports, railroads and other infrastructures inhabit not just the edges of our cities, but often are key vectors of friction and risk. In a way, logistics is a map of human desire, an entanglement of biological and technological networks where often the most vulnerable are exploited to ensure the smooth flow of goods, people, money and information. How to address as a photographer such hidden, pervasive networks?

Confrontation between a policeman wielding a nightstick and a longshoreman striker during the West Coast waterfront
general strike, San Francisco, 1934.
Dorothea Lange. Shipyard Construction Workers, Richmond, California, 1942.

Royal Academy of Art,   Prinsessegracht 4, 2514 AN The Hague
27 May 2021 - 28 May 2021
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM  CET  
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