Kate Werble Gallery | New York NY | January 16th, 2018
Day Labor addresses the complicated relationship between labor and immigration as it particularly relates to my personal experience as an immigrant to the United States. I wanted to combine my personal experience as a former immigrant and housecleaner with my cultural observations of daily life in the United States. In this performance, I worked with four day laborers, hired at random on a street corner in New York City. Each laborer was presented with a contract offering them payment in exchange for a complete 8-hour day of work. Their compensation was based on my day rate position as a freelance video editor. We sat together in the gallery sorting through bags of rice and beans, a staple commodity in Latin America. After we sorted, the rice and beans were cooked collectively and served to all present in the gallery.