You cannot visit artist Maria Eichhorn’s new exhibit at London’s Chisenhale Gallery. In her newest piece “5 weeks, 25 days, 175 hours,” the Berlin-based artist has paid the gallery’s staff not to work. For the duration of the exhibit, the doors are locked, the staff is gone, and emails to the office are automatically deleted.
Eichhorn conceived the piece after interviewing gallery staff last year. According to the exhibit notes, it’s an experiment in “suspending the capitalist logic of exchange” and “making a life without wage labor imaginable…….”