spatiality of labor in a ship’s belly

Artemis Mitsiou


Labor migration in the port of Katendrecht, Rotterdam prompted me to try to understand and render the spatiality of labor inside this environment: the belly of a ship. 18 different hazards seafarers are exposed to while performing labor in the lowermost part of a ship. 18 occupational risks whose frequency percentage distribution has served to shape the area of 18 different cross sections depicting the change caused to the ship structure (the cross sections resulted from the calculation of 18 surface areas using each time a different percentage as a measuring variable). All the heavy and dirty work happening in the ship’s belly is what keeps the ship alive and moving, all the while taking away the life of the migrant workers “trapped” down there.

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