Werker Collective is a multifaceted project about photography and labour initiated by Marc Roig Blesa and Rogier Delfos in Amsterdam in 2009. The collective started as an editorial project releasing 10 issues of a contextual publication called Werker Magazine. Its starting point is the Worker Photography Movement, a group of associations of amateur photographers that appeared in Germany in the 1920s, following in the steps of the first socialist photography experiments in the USSR which extended into the rest of Europe, the United States, and Japan. It takes an interest in working methodologies based on self-representation, self-publishing, image analysis, and collective learning processes. Each edition of Werker addresses a specific issue that occurs in historical or contemporary times in the domain of work. Werker operates contextual, thus exploring different forms and strategies of interaction with a variety of audiences, such as the fine arts academy, the museum, a neighbourhood, the internet, etc.
Some of the venues where Werker Collective has developed and/or presented work are: MACBA, Barcelona, Spain / De Appel. Amsterdam, The Netherlands / CCA U-Jazdowski. Warsaw, Poland / FOAM. Amsterdam, The Netherlands / FRAC PACA. Marseille, France / Winterthur Fotomuseum, Switzerland (Parallel events Manifesta 11) / Bunkier Sztuki (Krakow Photomonth) Poland / La Capella. Barcelona, Spain / TENT. Rotterdam, The Netherlands / Fondazione MAST. Bologna, Italy / CA2M. Móstoles, Spain / Galería La Moderna (Collateral program XII Havana Biennial) Cuba / Stedelijk Museum. Amsterdam, The Netherlands / The Showroom. London, UK / Leo Xu Projects. Shanghai, China / Kiosko Galería. Santa Cruz, Bolivia / García Galería. Madrid, Spain / 1st of May Public Library. Moscow, Russia / Tate Modern. London, UK / Casco. Office for Art, Design and Theory. Utrecht, The Netherlands / Ellen de Bruijne Projects. Amsterdam, The Netherlands / Matadero (PhotoEspaña). Madrid, Spain / Stedelijk Museum Bureau. Amsterdam, The Netherlands / La Virreina Centre de la Imatge. Barcelona, Spain.