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Series investigating work and working conditions in service based society, through the exam of its dominant space of work - the office. The photographs document the offices of financial, corporate, and legal institutions based in the City and Canary Wharf, London.

From the press release:
The photographs reveal the new, post-Taylorist office, where discipline is achieved through rather subtle, symbolic means: spectacular, richly decorated receptions and clients' areas which blur the lines between work and fun; colourful, stylish 'breakout' areas and staff 'amenities' provided as a trade-off for the loss of personal space in the now widespread 'non-territorial' offices, where there are no assigned desks; a system of spatial 'status markers' – quantity and quality of furniture, décor, amount of space per person, location within the floor and the building, – put in place to signal hierarchical relations of power, reflecting wider systems that influence life in industrialised society, where material possessions often signify social status.

128 photographs, 20 x 30 cm each, individually captioned
C types prints mounted on Diasec
Installation dimensions 3 x 18 m
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Exhibited
Mostra'16, Lisbon, May 2016
Mostra'16, Porto, Portugal, April 2016
London Gallery West (solo show), Dec 2014 - Jan 2015
'Power and Pleasure' (curator David Bate), London Gallery West, October 2013
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Published
Photomonitor
http://www.photomonitor.co.uk/2016/07/politics-office-2/

Photomediations Machine
http://photomediationsmachine.net/2016/04/03/the-politics-of-the-office/

Domus magazine
http://www.domusweb.it/en/photo-essays/2014/12/23/the_politics_of_the_office.html
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Academic conferences and artist talks
Guest speaker at The Left Conference: Photography and Film Criticism, presenting the paper 'The Politics of the Office or, Postindustrial Work in Two Inadequste Descriptive Systems', Faculty of Social Sciences and Faculty of Fine Arts, Lisbon (Nov 2017)
https://photographyandtheleft.wordpress.com/guest/

'The Space of the Photograph', International conference Inter: Photography and Architecture, Museum University of Navarra, Spain (November 2016)
available to download here: http://dadun.unav.edu/handle/10171/42470

'The Politics of the Office', Arts Week, Birkbeck College (May 2016)
http://www.bbk.ac.uk/arts/about-us/events/arts-week/

'The Politics of the Office in Several Inadequate Introductory Systems', International Conference on Artistic Research Writing as Practice/ Practice as Writing, Royal Academy of Arts + Royal Conservatory, The Hague, Holland (April 2016)
http://www.sarconference2016.net/rc/index.html/

Artist talk. PH: The Photography Research Network, July 2015
https://phphotographyresearch.wordpress.com

'The Office and the Image of Power', Helsinki Photomedia Conference, March 2014
http://helsinkiphotomedia.aalto.fi/ocs/index.php/hpm/index/pages/view/HPM_2014_index
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Selected
EI Award 2015
http://encontrosdaimagem.com/pt/news/2015/finalistas-ei-award-2015/

PhotoEspaña Descubrimientos 2013
http://www.phe.es/es/phe/descubrimientos_participantes/125/andreia_oliveira
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Collections
Private collections
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Sales representation
Patrícia Pires de Lima
http://www.mostra-online.com/#!todos-andreia-alves-de-oliveira/serbv