If I Worked for 493 Years
A Performance Art Video Project
Lisa Link presents this striking performance art video project about the impact of U.S. economic policies of the last ten years on middle and working class women.
If I Worked for 493 Years is an ongoing performance art video documenting every day at work as well as the aging process through the digital eyes of my computer. It juxtaposes a personal narrative against economic research and statistics. I began this piece in 2006 as a response to U.S. economic policies that were heavily weighted against working class and lower-middle class families. The policies continue to favor large corporations over working class families, especially women. Health care in particular has become an unaffordable luxury for many working women and their families.