PHOTOGRAPHY CATALOGUE OF THE YEAR SHORTLIST: Werker 2-A Spoken History of the Young Worker
Marc Roig Blesa et Rogier Delfos
Werker 2—A Spoken History of the Young Worker
Foundation for Visual Arts and Fotomuseum Winterthur, Kraków, Poland, and Winterthur, Switzerland, 2016 Designed by Marc Roig Blesa and Rogier Delfos sztukawizualna.org • fotomuseum.ch
Lesley Martin calls Werker 2 “an intriguing mix of elements: part magazine, part exhibition document, and part script and exhortation to perform.” Published to accompany an installation at Kraków Photomonth 2016, this oversized journal is part of a serial magazine project which founders Marc Roig Blesa and Rogier Delfos define as a “contextual publication about photography and labor.” The pages house a miniature archive of appropriated images of the titular “young workers”—specifically, young men. “The publication brings together a provocative mix of recontextualized images and texts that raise questions about the male body at work, at rest, and at play,” Martin suggests. An additional element invites the viewer to respond to the images printed within by reading a selection of excerpted texts to be recorded and broadcast within the exhibition space, as well as uploaded to the Werker website.