"Colorless Days" Tatyana Palyga
I created this series while working in a sales department in one Russian factory. I spent 8 hours 5 days per week in an office. All the days were the same. The interiors of the office - the furniture, the office machines, the walls, the light, and the repeated daily routine of the employees created an absurd and depressing atmosphere.
I work in a sales department at a plant that produces soft drinks. My working day begins at 9 a.m. At 9 a.m. I must put my admission card to a special sensor at the time-clock to witness my presence at work. After a few minutes I am in the office. I pass through a long empty corridor where all the doors are closed. Pictures depicting giant fruits are hanging on the walls. I enter the room, briefly say hello to my colleagues and sit down to my workplace.
I switch my computer on. While it is loading, I move a frame on a wall calendar to the following date. As usual I count the days left until the week-end. I open my mail-box and delete unnecessary emails. Then I make some daily reports. I boil water in a teapot, drink a cup of tea.
Meal time comes. A lunch is an outstanding event in the office life. If you manage to occupy a seat by the window you can find out what the weather is like today.
After my meal I do a couple of phone calls, some Excel tables, and drink one more cup of tea.
Once in a while someone drops in to chat with me. But not every day.
At 6 p.m. I stand up, put on a coat, say goodbye to those who stay at the office. Passing by the reception, I ritually say to the secretary girl: “How come you're still here? It’s time to go home!”
Tatyana Palyga http://tatyanapalyga.com/