Waiting Working Hours , 2019

The street “Diksmuidelaan” is a street in Brussels where day laborers are looking for a job for one day. Gathered in small groups, they wait for hours until a white van picks them up. They get dropped off at a construction site or field. Employers pay small salaries and no social security is provided.

With personal their testimonies Waiting Working Hours wants to give a voice to clandestine workers. Digital images from the “Diksmuidelaan”, made with recordings from Google Streetview, are mixed with the voices from these workers. Together they form a constructed dialogue about labor and economics, in a multitude of languages. The immobile world of Google Streetview is like the standstill that the workers experience when they are waiting for hours.

Together with the workers, Waiting Working Hours examines and questions their current situation and their dreams for the future.