When Labour Becomes Form
knitted table-cloth, 130x160 cm
Women over 45 years of age have a specifically weak position in relation to the labor market, they are frequently exposed to discrimination based on age and gender. These women experience a double burden, as they combine care for their own families with assistance to their childrenŐs families and care for elderly relatives. Moreover, many ageing women live in constant fear of loosing their jobs before reaching the retirement age.
This work focuses specifically on this vulnerable group. We published an announcement in a newspaper, searching for an elderly unemployed woman, offering her our fee for participating in the show as a reward for knitting a table-cloth. The pattern we designed for this knitwork is a graph taken from the publication Women, Men and Age in Labor Market Statistics (issued by the Institute for Public Affairs, Bratislava, 2007).