Four women dressed in uniforms start cleaning the marbled pavement in front of the Greek parliament. They don’ t ask or answer to questions. This passive and perseverance behavior provokes the interference of the police. Soon, under the threat of arrestment “the cleaners” are removed from the site.
According to Plato, the craftsmen don’ t have time for anything else except their work, excluding them from any possible public speaking. However Jacques Ranciere argues that politics begins precisely when those who “do not have time” to do anything else except their work, grasp this time in order to become visible as part of a shared world.
The cleaning, this basic social work is reproduced here in time and space apparently inappropriate. And it is precisely this simple and silent repetition of work that is converted to visible threat. This “aesthetic” physical activity interferes as parasite in the everyday revealing what has been repelled by maintaining a pretence of harmony in society.
Photos by Εva Vaslamatzi
Duration: till they stop us..
Athens, April 2014