I AM OFFERING MY LABOR FOR FREE / JE VOUS OFFRE MES SERVICES (2018)
In this project, Tsuchimoto experimented with how to intervene in/participate in an unfamiliar culture and make connections with others. Within the framework of the local art festival, she gained access to visit different communities for five days and approached local people with signs inscribed with the message “I AM OFFERING MY LABOR FOR FREE / JE VOUS OFFRE MES SERVICES”. Tsuchimoto explored how an individual can offer services, and which services people can offer to another without financial benefit. She experienced various kinds of labor, such as cleaning, washing, peeling bananas, preparing cassava sticks, cooking, looking after children, cutting grass, fixing a car engine, chopping wood, feeding pigs, breaking stones, decorating a shoe shop, selling peanuts, etc (responded to with immediate rejections and suspicion, but rarely ignored). It was composed of processes of building temporary relations and trust with complete strangers and bringing playful communication in daily life contexts. She also questioned stereotypes of gender, ethnicity, and class in the workplace as well as for how the role of artists can affect cultures and society outside the Art World.
Performance at Ravy Biennale 2018, Yaoundé, Cameroon
(photo by Gerard Ngan)