Simon Gush: Images, words and sounds expound on the global work ethic

Mail & Guardian | Athi Mongezeleli Joja:


Simon Gush’s latest exhibition interrogates the central role played by work in the construction and perception of our identities.

Karl Marx’s critique of religious ideology contains an injunction against the exploitation of labour in the workplace.

In essence, work for wages isn’t just a way to survive and a sanctuary; it acquires a theological justification of sorts as an ethical imperative. To be of this world, we must work. In fact, this injunction finds its truest expression in popular culture. The satisfaction attributed to hard work, and thus the valorisation of a hedonistic life, pervades, pleasures and disorganises society. It reifies the status quo and insulates it from critical scrutiny…


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