The debates about the remuneration of artists have been brewing in the field of contemporary art for quite some time. These discussions go hand in hand with ideas and values that are inscribed in artistic work. Collectives such as Wages For Wages Against or Art Workers Italia campaign for fair wages for artists and other people working in this field, and in doing so they also initiate very fundamental discussions about working conditions. At the same time, the opinion that artists in particular work out of passion and that financial remuneration is secondary in this sense is still widespread. Especially in this context, a gendered perspective is also urgent. «Apart from domestic and care work» writes Hito Steyerl, «art is the industry with the most unpaid labor around. […] This labor is largely performed by woman».
Tiphanie Blanc (Wages For Wages Against), Giulia Mengozzi and Elena Radice (both of Art Workers Italia) explore these and other matters in the conversation How we work.