1 May and Democracy (1975-1985) / Works and Days
From 03 to 30 May 2017
Location: Vestíbulo Auditorio
Sun and Fest, 10:30–14h
A testimonial tour of 1 May celebrations and the audiovisual show 'Works and Days' make up the LaborArte exhibitions.
1 May and Democracy (1975-1985)
Madrid Municipal Newspaper Library Collection, 1 May Foundation and Francisco Largo Caballero Foundation
On 1 May, International Workers’ Day, the workers’ movement reinforces its ties of collective identity and calls for social and workplace improvements. It’s a day of struggle and of celebration. The demand for an eight-hour working day would mark this iconic celebration, proclaimed by the 1891 International Socialist Labour Congress of Brussels as a day of marching. The date of 1 May has been a regular event on an international scale ever since that time.
This exhibition, which illustrates the fundamental role of the trade union movement in the fight for democracy and the recovery of the rights and freedoms of workers’ organisations in Spain, has a marked documentary and educational tone. It isn’t a typical exhibition, as it consists of reproductions of documents and photographs extracted from publications and then processed and blown up so they can be displayed on panels in the centre’s lobby.
Works and Days. Audiovisual exhibition
Photographs by Teresa Ordinas and Cata Loshuertos
This audiovisual display came from the concerns of two friends who share the same pursuits, mainly social photography. After mulling it over for a few months, they took on the project basing their approach on Hesiod’s Works and Days. First and foremost, and as the main aim of the project, the intention of Works and Days is to raise awareness of all the people who work from the anonymity of their studio, their business, their office, the street or simply their everyday chores. “We want to show that we’re all part of a local society and that without the personal input of each person, coexistence would be poorer; our intention is to help prove that we’re all necessary for an effective distribution of labour. The exhibition of our Works and Days project sets out to show the everyday work of people in our community”.