Work and Play : La Brigada

Bertille Bak, La Brigada (2018) © 2021 Bertille Bak and Xippas.

“La Brigada” unfolds around a group of shoeblacks in la Paz, who wear balaclava. “In Bolivia, faceless men and women, ghostly figures try to catch the eye of the passers-by by tapping on small wooden boxes”, as the artist explains, “It is an invitation to polish the soiled shoe. Their work uniform reflects all the contempt for this itinerant profession and their obligation to be invisible. The video “La Brigada” seeks to make a switch in the status of workers making them respected guardians of the integrity of a shoe”.