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A patron views “A Working Lense,” an artshow recognizing essential workers and their financial struggles, outside the John Natsoulas Gallery at 521 First St. in downtown Davis. Courtesy photo

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Natsoulas exhibit pays tribute to essential workers

The John Natsoulas Gallery is presenting a tribute to the essential workers of the United States who have sacrificed to provide food and services for an entire population during a global pandemic.

Titled “A Working Lense,” this exhibition is installed in the public space outside the gallery walls at 521 First St. in Davis. The photographs and statements reveal the conditions of America’s working class. The show is available from now through June.

365体育投注“A Working Lense” is a project of Class Conscious Photographers, a collective of photographers who document the lives of working people, as participants in the broad movement for social, racial and economic justice.

365体育投注The work exhibited is a text and photo installation that looks at the contributions made by workers during the coronavirus crisis, who everyone depends on to maintain common social infrastructure during this pandemic.

In their voices, presented in text panels and the signs held in protests, people in the photographs speak to the reality of their lives, and the contradiction between calling workers “essential” while they can’t pay rent, can’t afford healthcare or confront injustice.

365体育投注The participating photographers in the exhibit put these images and voices — of truck drivers, warehouse workers, market vendors, recycle workers, baristas, food servers, subway cleaners, retail workers and other “essential” workers — into this public space to challenge viewers to take some action beyond appreciating the efforts and risks these workers are making.

365体育投注The photographers are David Bacon, Glenda Drew, Jesse Drew, Najib Joe Hakim and Antonio Nava.

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