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In a 24/7 online world, there is no time to stop and rest, to relax and rejuvenate from working.
But in the real world – the world in which people run their own businesses – gift shops and restaurants, small grocery stores and fine art painting studios – one cannot work 24/7. There simply has to be time away from work.
And so it is, also, for people who do not own their businesses but work for another. As much as corporations and governments wish it were possible for people to work all the time, non-stop, for them and their interests (“We’re your FAMILY!”), we are not machines. And, as humans, we have many interests and pursuits in addition to that of work.
The artwork, Closed on Monday, invites you to take a stroll through the streets of Orvieto, Italy. As you pass by a cozy cafe, you notice that the umbrellas are folded up, the doors closed. This particular establishment is closed on Mondays, giving the owners time for the many other things in life that need to be done – including rest.
Another time, throughout the week, you may notice the stores and establishments closed in the afternoon, as the owners and employees take a break in the hottest part of the day to go home, eat lunch with their families, rest and take a break before they re-open at five.
This is the ebb and flow of a day, the undulating current of life – work, and rest; rest, and work. We need both, but in the hamster wheel of technological modernity, it is easy to be lulled by the words of the autocrats: “Your value is in your WORK! Anything else is a waste of time. To be a productive member of society, an eater that isn’t useless, you must work. All the time!”
No, this message is wrong. It is okay – and normal, and essential, and necessary – to be closed on Monday, or whatever day you need it to be.
February 5th, 2024
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