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Body of Work



“Body of Work” is a publication of the feminist collective FAK.
I was a member of the group and one of the project managers and co-editors.

The magazine is devoted to the linkages between body and work: The significance of the outer appearance on the labor market has increased, our body is supposed to represent our adaptability as well as our individuality. We are surrounded by others who are speaking the body language of success, assuring us that we can make it just as far as long as we work hard enough on ourselves. This makes us dream of social advancement, but while our surface shimmers and glows the appreciation of our work is often missing.

In the cultural and creative sector we produce artworks, texts, furniture and clothing, we make our private households look as representable as our homepages while we’re simultaneously clicking on the ‚attending‘ button for the next exhibition opening. But is all of this work or hobby and where does wage labor begin? Where is the line between passion and self-exploitation?

Body of Work discusses the work on and with the body and asks for the possibilities of emancipation. With the publication FAK begins to search for the potential of our body as a means of opposition and subversion and examines how ideals of resistance are often reused as empty slogans and undermined by capitalism. Is emancipation even possible in this cycle and what is the price we have to pay for it? Is ironic affirmation the only remaining solution?

Within this issue, a dynamic arises between assertion and appearance, between theory and practice, between a stance of subversive refusal and radical advocacy, between a collective body of FAK and the work of each individual. Instead of solving contradictions FAK wants to celebrate its Body of Work in all of its ambivalence.

  • The magazine contains work submissions by:
    Mona Altmann, Lisa Bergmann, Bless, Lisa Bor, Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz, Hannah Cooke, Klemens Czurda, Carmen Donet Garcia, Kerstin Drechsel, Ahu Dural, Lotte Meret Effinger, Susan Funk, Ulrike Gerhardt, Guerilla Girls, Hasan Halilovic, Katrin Hassler, Johanna Hoth, Anja Kaiser, Jonas von Lenthe, Hanne Lippard, Lucija Matić, Katrin Mayer, Isabel Mehl, Michaela Melián, Seraphine Meya, Karin Michalski, Grażyna Roguski, Romy Rüegger, Stefan Schweigler, Martha Schwindling, Selene States, Rebecca Stephany, Eva Tatjana Stürmer, Tatjana Turanskyj, Lene Vollhardt, Antonia Wagner, Paula Winkler and Ulrike Zöllner.
  • Special edition of the “Munitionsfabrik” newspaper of HfG Karlsruhe
  • 188 pages
  • edition of 700
  • Texts are written in English and/or German
  • Available on request (15€ incl. VAT + shipping)