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We Are Not Machines/No Somos Máquinas/我们不是机器: Voices of Northampton Restaurant Workers

Sunday, July 10, 2016 (All day) to Saturday, July 16, 2016 (All day)
Location: 
Northampton, MA
The Pioneer Valley Workers Center presents We Are Not Machines/No Somos Máquinas/我们不是机器: 
Voices of Northampton Restaurant Workers
 
JULY 10–16, 2016
A.P.E. Gallery / 126 Main St, Northampton
Gallery Hours: 
Monday — Saturday, 12-5pm
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Sunday, July 10th
6-9PM Exhibit Opening
6:30-7:30 Panel of Artists and Workers
Drinks and Refreshments will be provided
$0-$75 suggested donation

Composed of large format black and white portraits, text and audio clips from twenty-five interviews with workers, this exhibition highlights the voices and faces of people affected by restaurant work. The show creates a connection between workers and the community they serve daily, and gives restaurant workers the opportunity to speak honestly about the joys and struggles of working in this industry. The exhibit hopes to create a collective dialogue about workplace conditions and create a more just and sustainable future for Northampton and other cities. A series of events will accompany the exhibition, including a public launch, film forum, and worker panel, and worker-led musical groups. which will help facilitate dialogue between restaurant workers and their community, as well as between one another. The show will open with a panel which will introduce the project, explain the artistic intervention, and discuss the restaurant economy in greater detail.

Leslie Lynn Lucio, Photographer
Adam Reid, Labor Historian and Audio Engineer
Seth Gregory Design, Graphic Designer
Javiera Benavente, Cultural Organizer and Collaborating Artist
Pioneer Valley Workers Center, Community Partner

Featured Workers:
Bess Hepner, Dustin Cook, Esaú Alvarez, Sophie DeHainaut, Pearl Nicole Silverman, Giselle Guillén-Martínez, Monica Marie Rivera, Esmay Freihofer, Yusef Hamza Bornacelli Flores, Geng Lin, Samantha Kramer, Kayden Elliott, Shannon Timothy, Abelardo Salinas, Ryan Popp, Melissa, Kathalina Garcia, Eli, Robin Huntley, Dora Zeng

Thank you to the Northampton Arts Council and the Community Council Foundation of Western MA for helping to fund this project!

Here is the line-up for the week:

SUNDAY (refreshments served)
> Exhibit Opening, 6-9pm Donations Welcome ($0-75) 
> Artist/Worker Panel, 6:30-7:30pm

WEDNESDAY
> Film: “The Hand that Feeds”, 6–7pm 
> Gallery Viewing, 7:30-9pm

FRIDAY (refreshments served)
> “Voices from the Food Chain”, 6-7pm
Joint Event with The Food Chain Workers Alliance Panel with workers, owners, and food justice advocates. Donations Welcome ($0-75)
> Music, 7-8pm

SATURDAY
> Closing Event, 6-10pm
(refreshments served)
> Music, 6pm

Featured image courtesy of Shelburne Orchards.