Part of Out of Office

Art Workers Library

Alina Lupu

2021–ongoing, Print, books

This library is a living, growing organism that accommodates ongoing conversations about the ties between labour and art. Especially for Out of Office, Lupu selected ten books from her extensive personal library on labour discourses. The books reflect on the thematics of work refusal and give context to recent developments, including the rise of terms like ‘the great resignation’ and ‘quiet quitting’. While it can’t resolve the complexity of our current ambivalence on the subject of labour, the Art Workers Library points towards tactics of resistance.

Werk is geen oplossing (2021), Marguerite van den Berg
Not Working: Why We Have to Stop (2020), Josh Cohen
Counterproductive: Time Management in the Knowledge Economy (2018), Melissa Gregg
Tell Them I Said No (2016), Martin Herbet
Work Won’t Love You Back: How Devotion to Our Jobs Keeps Us Exploited, Exhausted, and Alone (2021), Sarah Jaffe
The Right to Be Lazy (1883), Paul Lafargue
FRESH FLEX WORK FORCE (2023), Alina Lupu
Breaking Things at Work: The Luddites are Right about Why You Hate Your Job (2021), Gavin Mueller
After the Great Refusal: Essays on Contemporary Art, its
Contradictions and Difficulties (2018), Mikkel Bolt Rasmussen
The Problem with Work: Feminism, Marxism, Antiwork Politics, and Postwork Imaginaries (2021), Kathi Weeks



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