Boulevard Auriol 

Every day illegal workers from the Ukraine get together under a bridge in Paris, not far from an exhibition venue. They are looking for day work or engage in import-export trade. One of them was selected and hired as an actor for one day. Since he is Ukrainian, he is not legally permitted to work in the Schengen Area; he can only do so illegally. It is against the law for him to provide any kind of performance. The word “performance” has been appropriated by the art world to designate a performative presentation of art. The worker was hired as an actor; he was paid three times the wages of an illegal day laborer for his performance. 

© 2023 Georg Keller

© 2023 Georg Keller