Immerse yourself in an original collaboration between artist José García Oliva and the dedicated cleaners, porters and security staff of Lancaster University. Developed over a period of four years, this reflective showcase challenges established ideas around the recognition of labour, with a nuanced exploration of stereotypes and hierarchical structures.
Out of Hours serves as a space for collective introspection and exchange on solidarity, shared memories and alternative modes of creation. Through personal narratives and playful creative expressions, it unveils the imprints of labour. We invite you to reflect upon the subtle yet powerful dynamics between identity, community, and the often-unnoticed contributions that shape our shared existence. Please join us in this thought-provoking encounter through art.
José García Oliva is a Venezuelan research-based artist living in London. Out of Hours builds on Jose’s previous Lancaster Arts commission, Traces, made in collaboration with the cleaning staff of Lancaster University’s library.