‘New Model Army: Invisible Labour (2017-18)’ is the third Fieldwork carried out by the New Model Army, generating a series of sculpt-photographs which featured in a major solo exhibition ‘New Model Army: Invisible Labour’ (2018) along with seventeen New Model Army sculptures made between 2017-18, and the video “Looker”. The Fieldwork also generated the publication ‘New Model Army: Invisible Labour (2017-18) in leading international journal ‘Feminist Review’ (November 2018).
Invisible Labour was carried out in Creekside, a London street in Deptford, historically home to working-class and marginalised peoples, and recently subject to a significant demographic shift as a direct consequence of patriarchal capitalist development.
Warehouses, factories and bare land on and surrounding Creekside have recently become subjected to vast development, further obscuring the historical conditions affecting women and their invisible labour.
Invisible Labour’ develops from the earlier Fieldwork ‘Land Operation’ (2017), acknowledging the structural relationship between women’s embodied, material inequalities and patriarchal capitalist exploitation of land. The Fieldwork brings new visibility to the effects on women – particularly working-class women – of the hidden and undervalued work burdens they carry, and the vulnerability and strength they deploy.