Michelle Standley wants people to think about the labor they do every day — in particular, the unpaid labor women do for their households, like laundry and child care and grocery shopping.
To that end, Standley, a performance artist and academic based in Berlin and New York, has created a performance piece, “4.5 Hours.” In it, she sweeps up a small rug, then dumps the dirt back on the rug, and repeats the process for four-and-a-half hours — the average time women worldwide perform domestic labor every day.
Standley has done this performance twice in Berlin, and will present it in the United States for the first time on Sunday, Oct. 6, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The venue is an interesting choice: The south edge of Temple Square in downtown Salt Lake City, during The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ semi-annual General Conference.
Read my interview with Standley, in which she talks about the work and her choice of location, on sltrib.com.