SEP is an official body that advocates for the promotion and support of labor rights of cultural workers in Greece, taking into account the relevant legal, economic and social context. The Association will provide legal, professional and accounting services and advice regarding remuneration, voluntary work, copyrights and other related topics. The association is linked to other organizations globaly such as WAGE, the Carrot Workers, Cultural Workers Organize etc in order to address the economic disparities that exist in our country but also globally, that deprive the professional dignity and access to dignified means of support for workers in the field of culture.
Nevertheless, SEP, is not a trade union body. SEP does not want to take the position of trade unions, it does not operate, as these bodies do, but in parallel and ideally in tandem with them. In fact, we employ tools, which are not the traditional tools of trade unions, we use theoretical, curatorial and artistic tools, performativity, overidentification etc. The purpose of our methodology is the theoretical analysis of labour issues and requests, their promotion and dissemination in unexpected and creative ways, the sudden diffusion and articulation of claims and demands (which often come from where you least expect it). In this way, SEP participates in the strengthening of consciousness on such issues. With these processes, we are also interested in connecting and meeting with people who usually do not meet or even express a relative distrust of one another.
The mistrust of often existing trade unions about who is entitled and who is not and in what capacity to speak about labour issues (what are you, a private institution?) or the distance that institutions such as AICA retain from trade union issues, as if these, are clearly separated from cultural claims, create a peculiar labour sector that reproduces problematic concepts as regards to the profession of the artist and cultural workers, preserving the precarity in the field.
In this context, we consider it critical to articulate issues relating to labour in an ever changing European context, request transparency in the financing of art by public institutions, to problematize the low presence of women in senior positions of institutions such as the Academy thus also highlighting the issue of the reproduction of the dominant patriarchal discourse (as well as) in the field of art, be critical towards the labour conditions imposed by the contemporary institutional environment and how these conditions construct the identities of the subjects, bring forth the issue of representation and who is left outside of it, but also who has the right to claim labour and other rights and how, and call on existing official bodies to position themselves about these matters in question.