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Invisible Labors: Rahul Jain’s Machines by Kanishka Raja
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A documentary on the brutality behind India’s textile factories.

Hello, My Name Is: Abu Dhabi by Melissa Gronlund
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Deepak Unnikrishnan’s Temporary People and the fantastical realities of life in the Persian Gulf

Salomé Lamas by Matt Turner
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“Questions that once belonged to the cinematic institution have been set upon the world of spectacle we live in today. These questions belong to all of us now.”

Mónica de la Torre’s The Happy End / All Welcome by Michael Valinsky
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Conceived as an extended meditation on labor and artistic practice, Mónica de la Torre’s newest work of poetry opens like a flyer pinned to a board or an email alert beaming at you from your inbox.

Magnus Mills by Michael Barron
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As novelist and bus driver, Mills discusses The Maintenance of Headway, vinyl puritans, and the history of England.

Agnieszka Kurant by Sabine Russ
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Agnieszka Kurant’s interests include various forms of surplus, invisible entities, and the phantoms haunting capitalist production. Some of her projects involve crowdsourcing, others outsourcing to nonhuman species: think colonies of termites.

Portfolio by Nicholas O'Brien

As Much as We Sweep…

Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne by Liza Béar
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The master filmmakers on blending the political and the personal in their new film.

Portfolio by Candice Jacobs

Dumbed down by Pina Coladas & Palm Trees.

… Too Freedom … by Lauren Bakst
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Adrienne Truscott’s … Too Freedom …, performed at The Kitchen this last December, is a multilayered meditation on social (inter)action. 

Mika Rottenberg by Judith Hudson
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Artist Rottenberg builds mini-factories for her video sets, where fetish workers produce elemental products such as lemon-scented sweat and maraschino cherries. Her work is up at Mary Boone through 12/18.

Santiago Sierra by Teresa Margolles
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The controversy over Santiago Sierra’s installations, in which hired laborers perform meaningless tasks, has gained in intensity. Mexican artist Teresa Margolles enjoys a similar notoriety: she finds tools for commentary on social unrest in the morgue.

Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle by Cheryl Kaplan

We are outdoors, in Plano, Illinois, and a man with a squeegee is washing a window. He never stops: he places his bucket down and starts again. We are uncomfortably in the present tense, 100 percent live in a post-Happening virtual universe.

Barbara Kopple by Roland Legiardi-Laura
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Roland Legiardi-Laura invokes documentarian Barbara Kopple’s modesty as they discuss the extreme hardships and tensions involved in making Oscar-winning films such as American Dream and Harlan County, U.S.A.

Revolutionary Black Workers by Felice Rosser
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I can feel the expressway. 

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