“In the lecture, I would like to address the issue of the labour of the artist from the perspective of the feminist artistic work and discuss, how already from the end of the 1970s feminists artists engaged with the issues of the flexible and precarious work, the issues that are also so pertinent in the labour of the artist today. From the perspective of those artists, the exploration of labour opened new dimension how to understand and reflect upon labour of female artist and her emancipated life. The rise of the affective labour, the disappearance of the border between life and work, the desire to live the independent and self-organised life, were not only part of the emancipatory processes but they also triggered new political and economical problems for emancipated women: showing how sometimes the ‘freedom’ of the protagonists life on the edge of economic marginality results in an even greater dependence. Feminist approaches can open up a deeper insight into the contemporary paradoxes of artistic labour and at the same time, disclosing us the potentialities of rethinking the political and emancipatory dimensions of artist’s work.”
Bojana Kunst is a professor at the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies / ATW – Institut für Angewandte Theaterwissenschaft, Justus-Liebig University Giessen, Germany, where she also leads the International MA in Choreography and Performance. She graduated in 1994 from Philosophy and Comparative Literature at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts and finished her doctoral thesis in Philosophy at the University in Ljubljana in the year 2002. She worked as a researcher at the University of Ljubljana and University of Antwerp, and later as a guest professor at the University of Hamburg (2009 – 2012). She lectured and organized seminars, workshops and laboratories in different academic institutions, theaters, artistic organizations across Europe, and working continuously with the independent artistic initiatives, artists and groups. She is a member of the editorial board of Maska Magazine, Amfiteater and Performance Research. Her last book is: Artist at Work, Proximity of Arts and Capitalism, Zero Books, 2015.