Franklin Furnace Fund Recipients 2012-13

(New York, NY)Hector Canonge


LABORAL will explore the dynamics of urban living, the politics of marginality in relation to the migrant labor force, and the connections that people may establish through language and story telling.

LABORAL is an interdisciplinary performance based project to be executed in the five boroughs of New York City. The performative nature of the project consists of the artist assuming various roles in relation to jobs associated with immigrants (dishwasher, waiter, maid, nanny, etc). Every month the artist will move to a different neighborhood in a different borough where he will rent a room, get a job, learn the basics of other languages, and immerse himself in the culture that is being explored. The temporary jobs will serve as a catalyst and inspiration to create a performance score, video documentary (interviews with immigrants and the artist’s experiences), and an artist book based on reflections and writings about the experience of living as an undocumented immigrant worker.


Hector Canonge is an interdisciplinary artist whose work incorporates the use of New-media technologies, physical environments, cinematic and performative narratives. In his work he explores and treats issues related to construction of identity, gender roles, and the politics of migration. His performances mediate movement, endurance, and ritualistic processes as well as the interaction with the public. In 2012 he participated in the online project for the 7th Berlin Biennale, and has been invited to participate in the 2012 UN World Peace Day – First Linzhou World Peace Art Exhibition in China.