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_Tales from the Mountaintop
_Repulsion System for Productive Lands   
_The Smiler
_The Privilege of Acting
_Terra Asciutta  
_Engagement Rate Formula
_The New Man and my Father
_EMPTY PAGE. Protecting our own
_Glories of a Forgotten Future
_Surplus Production Line
_The Making of Forty Rectangular Pieces for a Floor Construction
_How is a Storehouse Built
_Here, everybody takes care of me
_Night Watch

         Video Archives
_Instructions from the Great Beyond
_Moments that Shaped the World (serie)
_El EXPLOTE. Statistic Department

         Drawing Series
_Department for planning and destruction of Cuban economy

_Land of Plenty
_Anechoic Room
_Covert Planning
_Productivity Control System
_The Power of the Working Class
_The Best Effort
_Dreams Production Plan for State-Run Companies
_The Value of Absence
_357.890 sqm Planned

         Photography Series
_Replacement Points
_Time to Relax

         Solo Exhibitions
_2768. 23,53. 8. 1958. 57%. 1000 (2020) 
_Land of Plenty (2018)
_Selective Memory (2018)
_Absolute silence does not exist (2017)
_EMPTY PAGE. Protecting our own (2016)
_Selected Works (2016)
_CENTRUM (2015)
_Surplus Production Line (2014)
_Time to Relax (2013)
_The Value of Absence (2013)
_STOCK (2012)
_New Production Structures (2012)


_The Value of Absence (2013)
_The Paradox of Labour - a reader to the work of Adrian Melis (2021)

         Lectures, seminars, workshops

_The Paradox of Art and Labour - Sociopolitical practices as form of artistic expressions

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Last update, Nov 2023


A reader on the work
of Adrian Melis

         Produced by Pori Art Museum,Pori, Finland and Adn Galeria,Barcelona, Spain with the support of PUBLICS, Helsinki and Mareike Spendel / Design and Layout: Adrian Melis / Image Management: Fadri Cadonau / Texts: Rose Marie Barrientos, Alessandra Troncone, Anni Venäläinen / Editing and proofreading: Denise Araouzou / Printing: Impresión OFFSET DERRA
Barcelona, Spain


         ‘The Paradox of Labour’ is the most comprehensive analysis to date of Adrian Melis’s practice providing insight into the themes explored in his work while also delving into the socio-political ‘readymades’ in socialist Cuba and neoliberal Europe that have shaped it. The reader is divided according to his work’s core themes and begins with his earliest videos, laying the groundwork for an in-depth understandin of his methodology and areas of interest henceforth. It assemble text contributions, archival images, interviews and the artist’s notes to collectively dissect labour’s propensity to (re)produce subjectivities and ideologies.
         Long forgotten is the Stakhanovite Movement in Cuba, where labour is now a paradox, and where everyone works the bare minimum or shows up to work to fall asleep. By looking at Melis’s body of workspanning the last fifteen years, the reader traces the Cuban workers’rise and fall and reveals unlikely similarities to the white-collar worker of the West. How could opposing ideologies produce such similar states of alienation?