WE LONG FOR WORK AND TOIL

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In collaboration with Andreja Dugandžić
Original title: Željne smo rada i napora
Digital collage on the wall
Public space work produced for Festival Kaleidoskop, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Translation to English: Andreja Dugandžić and Jack Wake-Walker
Special thanks to Jasmina Husanović, Svjetlana Kakeš, Asja Redžić, Kaleidoskop Festival, volunteers, Urban Beatz crew, and all other people who came, helped or just hang with us in the City Park.
Based on research done for our online archive
www.afzarhiv.org
2015
LINK to photos of creation of work on Google +

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The work portraits countless hours and different forms of work carried out by women of Antifascist Front of Women (AFŽ) after WW2, focusing particularly on the activities reported by AFŽ Tuzla County (1945-1950). These enormous efforts were ingeniously mounted under the expression – Heroism of Labor.
The works is based on  research done for our online archive www.afzarhiv.org

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hoto by Munever Salihović

There isn’t a day when AFŽ is not at work. Women work even when they are ill.

During the working summer season in Tuzla county, 28 special women’s brigades were formed, consisting of 3,196 women who participated in field work, on state farms, on construction works and forestry works. Overall they contributed 274,460 working hours in return for 1,792,800 dinars, if one working hour is charged 10 dinars. 27,256 women participated in National Front brigades and contributed 86,608,067 working hours, which amounts to 11,847,089 dinars. In cases where women participated independently from other organizations, there were 23,827 women who contributed 185,862 working hours to the value of about 600,000 dinars.

In 8 days the women of Tuzla kneaded noodles from 350 kg of flour and 3,000 eggs. 15 plots for growing vegetables and rearing poultry were formed, and 8,240 working hours were given to the cleaning of the gypsy moth.

Our women go as a tightly-compacted working army, in the struggle for victory and for the reconstruction and development of the country. In order to realize the economic plan, investing maximum working elan, they created a new form of heroism: the heroism of labor.

We long for work and toil.

Where are you headed threadbare and barefoot, and who do you work for?

After learning that Hospital No. 5 does not have enough dishes, they have collected 250 plates, 180 spoons, 80 cups, 45 forks, 90 glasses and 20 knives. In helping out school canteens, women collected 148,50 kg of fat, 450 kg of flour, 1,191 eggs, 50 kg of bacon, 32 kg of beans and potatoes, 100 kg of dried fruit, 40 kg of jam, 50 units of various cans and 14,830 dinars in cash. They also collected 10,000 kg of scrap metal, 7,827 kg of old rags and 5,734 kg of medicinal herbs.

When comrade Tito says “we need more help” – we will help!

Women of Tuzla and Kreka work without rest. They consider this work as their own need and duty. But they can barely manage to keep up, because the choirs and duties are multiplying from all sides.

Cultural/educational work is in decline, as well as political activities of AFŽ. The work of our women focused exclusively on to the execution of the annual plan.

Women of Tuzla exceeded their commitments.

Our backs are tired, but our faces radiate with the joy of socialism.

The forest work is also done by women. We see women working on the repairs of bridges, construction of houses, well repairs, repairs of toilets, repairs of houses in the workers’ centers, planting forest seedlings, the forest holdings and loading coal. To these tasks, women contributed 5,563 working days. The total amount of the overall work was 14,085 working days.

The women helped out at the Živinice brick factory, the repairing of the brick factory in Slavinovići –to which they contributed 1,080 working days – and on excavating the brick clay, cleaning the premises and transferring bricks. Women contributed 521 working days to the work on the Stupar-Kladanj railway line; to the work on cutting the roads and cleaning the streets they contributed 107 working days; to the building and cleaning ofstate houses 115 working days; and to work on fixing the graves of fallen soldiers they contributed 38 working days.

Textual part of the work

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Nema dana kad organizacija AFŽ  nije na poslu.  Žene rade i kada su bolesne.

U toku ljetne radne sezone u tuzlanskoj oblasti formirano je 28 posebnih ženskih brigada sa 3.196 žena koje su  učestvovale na poljskim radovima, na državnim poljoprivrednim dobrima,na građevinskim radovima i šumskim radovima na kojima su dale 274.460 radnih časova u vrijednosti od 1.792.800 dinara, ako radni sat računamo 10 dinara. U brigadama Narodnog Fronta učestvovalo je 27.256 žena koje su dale 86.608.067 radnih časova što iznosi 11.847.089 dinara. U akcijama u kojima su žene učestvovale neovisno od drugih organizacija učestvovalo je 23.827 žena koje su dale 185.862 radna časa u vrijednosti oko 600.000 dinara.

Za 8 dana žene Tuzle zamijesile su rezance  iz 350 kg brašna i 3.000 jaja. Oformljeno je 15 aktiva za povrtlarstvo i živinarstvo, a 8.240 radnih časova dato je na čišćenje gubara.

Naše su žene pošle kao čvrsto zbijena radna vojska u borbi za pobjedu u obnovi i izgradnji zemlje. Pomažući ostvarenje privrednog plana, ulažući najviši radni elan, one su stvorile novi oblik heroizma, HEROIZAM RADA.

Željne smo rada i napora.

Kuda ćete takve gole i bose i za koga radite?

Doznavši da u bolnici broj 5 nema dovoljno suđa, one su sakupile 250 tanjira, 180 kašika, 80 šolja,  45 vilica, 90 čaša, i 20 noževa. U pomoći školskim kuhinjama žene su sakupile: 148,50 kg masti, 450 kg brašna, 1.191 komada jaja, 50 kg slanine, 32 kg pasulja i krompira, 100 kg suhog voća, 40 kg pekmeza,50 komada raznih konzervi, 14.830 dinara u novcu. Također su sakupile 10.000 kg starog gvožđa, 7.827 kg starih krpa i 5.734 kg ljekovitog bilja.

Kad drug Tito kaže “još treba pomoći” – pomagaćemo!

Žene Tuzle i Kreke rade bez odmora. Taj rad smatraju svojom potrebom i dužnošću. Ali ne stižu, jer sve je više poslova,  sve više dužnosti koje zovu na sve strane.

Kulturno – prosvjetni rad je prilično opao, kao i političko djelovanje AFŽa. Rad naših žena sveo se isključivo na radove oko izvršenja godišnjeg plana.

Žene Tuzle premašile su preuzete obaveze.

Leđa su nam umorna, ali na našim licima sija radost socijalizma.

U šumskim radovima također rade žene. Viđamo žene kako rade na popravci mostova, gradnji kuća, na popravci bunara, na popravci nužnika, na popravci kuća u radničkim centrima, na sađenju šumskih sadnica, na šumskim gospodarstvima, na utovaru uglja. U ovim akcijama dato je radnih dana 5563. Ukupan iznos na svim radovima je 14.085 radnih dana.

Žene su radile na ispomoći ciglani Živinice, na popravci ciglane u Slavinovićima, gdje su dale 1080 radnih dana i to na kopanju zemlje za ciglu  i čišćenju prostorija i prenošenju cigli. U radu na pruzi Stupari-Kladanj, žene su dale 521 radnih dana, u radu na prosjecanju cesti i čišćenju ulica 107 radnih dana, na izgradnji i čišćenju državnih kuća 115 radnih dana, na radovima oko uređenja grobova palih boraca 38 radnih dana.

Tekstualni dio rada

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Photos of creation of work

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Panel was held at Atelier Ismet Mujezinović, as part of Kaleidoskop Festival: Experiences of cultural-educational work of women and youth: Antifascism today. Participants were Andreja Dugandžić, Adela Jušić, Damir Arsenijević and Jasmina Husanović. Here we presented our new art work and our online archive http://www.afzarhiv.org.