In an industrial suburb, two factories stand facing each other: an old paper mill, recently closed and now the focus of an urban renewal project, and on the other side of the road, an aluminium foundry which seems to embody an industrial world in dire straits. In this uncertain territory, what shape will the future take? Through these two spaces, so very different in light and sound, After Work portrays a world of work in a state of flux.
The end of the industrial age, liquidations, brownfield rehabilitations and so on. We all know how the story goes. And yet… “After Work” defies expectations by taking the time to observe the passage from rolling mill to open plan office. Julia Pinget travels across this area over time and fleshes out what doesn’t emerge in statistics. With her camera, over months and then years, she captures meetings of elected representatives and employees, construction sites and inaugurations and also the movements and postures that, step by step, act out a new physiognomy of work. And the next question is what to do with this workers’ cooperative project in the light of advocates for freelancing? During a workshop, a dynamic and cheerful supervisor claims that “half of all European workers will be freelance by 2035”. When the odds are stacked dangerously on the side of obliterating the worker, this phrase from a labourer in blue overalls still resonates: “It’s not out of personal interest, it’s collective.”
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