Occupy, Resist, Produce
3 channel video-installation by Dario Azzelini and Oliver Ressler, 97 min. (combined)
Duration: March 12 – March 26 2016
Inauguration: Saturday March 12, 12:00
Talk with workers and solidarity committee of the Vio.Me. factory in Thessaloniki and Oliver Ressler about the current situation at Vio.Me. and workers' control in Europe on Saturday 12 March @ 13:30
The economic crisis that began in 2007-8 led to layoffs on a massive scale, leaving thousands of newly unemployed workers with little hope of another job. Their response put workers’ control back on the agenda in Europe.
In most cases an occupation is not a deliberate step towards workers' control but a means of workers' struggle against the closure of a production site or company or the relocation of production to another country. The struggles often fall apart without any concrete results. “Occupy, Resist, Produce” focuses on the rare, better organized cases where the purpose of the struggle is to bring production under workers’ control. It consists of three films on occupied factories in Milan, Rome and Thessaloniki. In these cases the workers did find ways to organize labor under their own control. Each film is based on discussion with the workers.
The workers' assemblies – always the main decision-making bodies – were recorded. It is fundamental to recognize the differences between the situations, contexts and practices of the three worker-controlled companies, but it is also important to understand workers’ control or recuperation of workplaces as a socio-political action rather than a merely economic procedure.
Organized by: State Museum of Contemporary Art, Contemporary Art Center of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki Documentary Festival
Exhibition Space: Center of Contemporary Art of Thessaloniki (Warehouse B1, Thessaloniki Port)
Address: Warehouse B1, Port, 54110, Thessaloniki
Opening Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday 10:00-18:00, Friday 10:00 – 22:00
Curation: Theodore Markoglou, Art Historian-Curator SMCA - CACT