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Lisa Oppenheim

Lisa Oppenheim

Leisure Work
Unique photogram
61 x 50,8 cm

Leisure Work, in which folds of antique lace multiply in successive photograms,
derives its title from the classification of lace making in an early twentieth century Belgian census.
Since lace making was predominately considered to be the domestic labor of women,
it was not considered labor worth recording.
Except maybe now recorded as an art project and brought into another economy.
The object documented is a 3-meter long piece of lace from Devon
and documents of each fold of the lace are registered on silver gelatin paper.
Folding the lace is a step in a performance and occupation
and is also a gesture to the history of photography
and William Henry Fox Talbot’s early experiments with lace calotypes.