Second Shift
Pilvi Takala

24 Aug–17 Feb 2019
Exhibition

Second Shift

Helsinki, EE

The term “Second Shift” was coined in the 1980s to describe the unrecognised domestic work, primarily done by women, in addition to their actual paid jobs. The artist points out that today this is more commonly referred to as “emotional labour”. This can mean anything from cleaning up after others to being treated like a therapist or mediating conflicts in the workplace. 

For those who are expected to provide emotional labour, it is work that goes largely unappreciated and uncompensated. Labelling this as a form of labour blurs the boundaries between work and not work, between what we choose to give and what is expected of us. Through employing emotional labour as an artistic method, Takala addresses the complexity inherent in setting individual boundaries when the common boundaries themselves are unstable.