This article is a part of the Thesis Eleven online project: Living and Thinking Crisis
by Emily Floyd (Narrm/Melbourne)
New Wages For Students: A poster after Lotta Feminista is a Print on Demand artwork by Emily Floyd, especially for the T11 Living and Thinking Crisis series
The poster overlays two archival vectors, the cover design for Carla Lonzi’s 1975 “Die Lust Frau zu sein” in Volume 55 of Internationale marxistische Diskussion, is collaged with a rare pamphlet circulated by the Italian Autonomist Feminist group Lotta Feminista titled Wages for Students advocating for the student wage.
As the pandemic creates ever diminishing boundaries between work, study and the domestic realm, Emily invites T11 readers to download, print and display this poster at home and for us to inhabit the urgency of Lotta Feminista’s speculative critique of unpaid reproductive labour.
Emily Floyd is an artist working on the unceded lands of the Kulin Nation in Narrm, Melbourne* She works in sculpture, printmaking and public installation, creating text-based sculptures and pedagogically inspired works that combine a strong focus on visual qualities with an interest in the legacies of modernism. Her work engages a wide range of disciplines including social activism, design and typography, literature and critical theory, community participation and public education. Emily’s work gestures toward new forms of sociality, for which the artwork can serve both as provocation and as venue.
Floyd’s works are held in the permanent collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; The British Museum, London; amongst others. Emily is Senior Lecturer and Monash Art Design and Architecture and is represented by Anna Schwartz Gallery.