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As the unemployment rate reaches a twenty-six year high and the idea of a ‘jobless recovery’ to the current economic crisis is mentioned, Finding Work looks at the way that some contemporary artists have taken to representing labor in their practice. Whether through documentation or staging acts of labor, artists over the past century have often been concerned with and represented labor in their practice. The artists here look to locate labor and interrogate our assumptions surrounding work and how much of that process is hidden in plain sight. The messy reality of manufacture may lack the luster of capitalism’s glow, its objects and trophies, but this labor is the essence of the very products that embody today’s economic and social world. As one in ten people actively seeking work cannot find it, labor and its absence is clearly a political issue. Within this context the act of finding work, whether represented or real, it is of urgent import.