Arts of the Working Class
Arts of the Working Class is a bimonthly international street newspaper based in Berlin, Germany, and distributed in different cities of the world. Its name reacts to the erosion of class identity and class consciousness in contemporary society, specifically within the arts. Founded in 2018 by María Inés Plaza Lazo and Pawel Sochacki, it moves in the spirit of three tenets: Pointing the economic gap between different actors in the system of art, the street newspaper aims to redistribute wealth and generate an income for the many, not the few. Undermining the dictates of the attention economy by featuring underrepresented/underfunded projects and authors, next to more popular or celebrated ones; questioning the representation of internationality in the identitarian-political symbolic economy, it is published multilingually, in order to engage with different communities and acknowledging that not every piece of writing can be adapted to the standards of hegemonic English.
Arts of the Working Class also commemorates the many artworks and artists that problematise the values of incessant self-promotion, virtuosity of independence and distinctive competition. After more than 24 issues of our street newspaper, we are hopeful about the many encounters they have already had with authors and artists, as well as about the encounters on the street.