The Marina Abramovic Institute Advertises for Four Unpaid Positions

The institute run by performance artist Marina Abramovic has taken flak this week for posting four positions that are all unpaid. The artist is seen above, at a press conference for her ongoing exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery in London. (Will Oliver / AFP/Getty Images) There's work to be had at Marina Abramovic's nonprofit. Just don't expect to get paid Marina Abramovic Institute issues statement about unpaid job positions

The institute run by performance artist Marina Abramovic has taken flak this week for posting four positions that are all unpaid. The artist is seen above, at a press conference for her ongoing exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery in London. (Will Oliver / AFP/Getty Images)
There’s work to be had at Marina Abramovic’s nonprofit. Just don’t expect to get paid
Marina Abramovic Institute issues statement about unpaid job positions

 

Art blogger Jillian Steinhauer of Hyperallergic picked up on an intriguing series of job postings Thursday on the website for the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). The not-for-profit Marina Abramovic Institute foundation (MAI), established by Serbian-born performance artist Marina Abramovic, was seeking unpaid “volunteers” for a series of part-time positions.

The various postings — there were four of them in total — were quite specific in their requirements, which cumulatively demanded a college-level knowledge of art history, “a familiarity with non-profit administration” and a working knowledge of Internet programs such as Javascript, HTML5 and Squarespace. (You can read Hyperallergic’s article here and see the original NYFA jobs post here.)

The story touches on a very big nerve about inequity in the art world, where a small group of well-to-do artists frequently benefits from the unpaid or underpaid labor of others — as this story in Gallerist NY noted last week. (Income inequality in the art world is no different from income inequality in the country at large. In fact, I’d hazard a guess that it’s worse.)

Courtesy (click)  LA Times

by Carolina A Miranda

 

 



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