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Michel Vanden Eeckhoudt

Les Travaux et les jours


  • Manuel Vázquez Montalbán's story
  • Photograph by Michel Vanden Eeckhoudt
  • Actes Sud (1996)
  • 15.0 x 20.5 cm
  • 104 pages
  • ISBN 978-2-7427-0708-9

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If the working class were to disappear, sociologists, and among others those who have specialized in the study of the world of work, would be in great trouble. Without any object of study, they would join the ranks of the unemployed and it is from the inside that they could talk about New Poverty. Manuel Vázquez Montalbán settles their account with the jargon and claims of certain humanities practitioners on this argument which gives him real jubilation. Fiercely.
In Michel Vanden Eeckhoudt's viewfinder, workers do exist. In their diversity, their archaism, their gestures, their greatness and their humility. They dance in the workshop space, are swallowed by machines, engage in strange rites, split into a series of visual gags that go far beyond the anecdote.
It is with constant humour that the two approaches dialogue to install an amused but serious vision of the world of work, between tenderness and great burst of laughter.

Christian Caujolle