The Impossibility Of Unemployment in The Mind Of Someone Working

2013 / Living fish, water, aquarium, water heater, pump.
Cory Catfish are a breed of fish kept for cleaning the glass and water in the aquarium. They provide a kind of service to other fish and the aquatic milieu as such. The living Catfish in the aquarium is a full time worker. While referring to Damien Hirst’s “The impossibility of Death in the mind of someone Living”, the work sets a counterpoint to the metaphorical shark in formaldehyde and replaces the impossible double bind of “Death” and Living” with “Unemployment” and “Working”. Death and Unemployment, Living and Working thus become the two basic mutually exclusive couples, denoting the definition and value of the existence of working men in a capitalist society

text by Angelika Seppi