Oscar Bony. La Familia Obrera (The Working Class Family). 1968

Oscar Bony La Familia Obrera (The Working Class Family) 1968

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Bony's performance La Familia Obrera (The Working Class Family) was a controversial inclusion in the Experiences 68 exhibition at the Instituto Torcuato Di Tella in Buenos Aires. Bony used the exhibition budget to pay a workingclass family to sit on a plinth in the gallery for eight hours a day while recorded sounds of their home life played in the background. That the family's income earner, Luis Ricardo Rodríguez, a die-caster, was earning twice what he would have made at his job highlighted how low wages were. Produced during a time of increasing artistic radicalization in the face of devastating economic policies, La Familia Obrera drew attention to issues expunged from the mainstream Argentinean press. In May 1968, all of the artists featured in Experiences 68—including Bony and David Lamelas—withdrew their work from the exhibition following the censorship by police of an installation by Roberto Plate.

Gallery label from Transmissions: Art in Eastern Europe and Latin America, 1960–1980, September 5, 2015–January 3, 2016.
Medium
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions
50 3/8 x 48 1/8" (128 x 122.2 cm)
Credit
Latin American and Caribbean Fund
Object number
4.2015
Copyright
© 2019 Oscar Bony. Courtesy of Carola Bony
Department
Photography

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