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A Google Wife
talk and booksigning
Olga Bushkova was born and grew up in Rostov-on-Don, Russia; since 2011, she has lived and worked in Switzerland. She’ll be with us at Micamera on Friday November 23 to present her book A Google Wife, winner of the Fiebre Dummy Award in 2017.
In 2011, Olga Bushkova’s husband accepted a job offer from Google: the couple moved to Zurich, in an apartment within walking distance of Google’s Swiss headquarters. Due to a limited residence permit, Olga Bushkova couldn’t work for two years, and this was the occasion to start pondering on the themes that would inform A Google Wife.
While reconsidering her role in her own household, and getting to know the wives – Google wives – of her husband’s colleagues, the author reflects on the impact that large companies like Google, promoting a peculiar kind of intersection between work and private sphere, where families often share time, space and services, have on their employees’ social life.
The photographs portray individuals or groups framed within domestic interiors, and the formal coherence of the pictures suggests a measured invasion of privacy: common situations of people sharing places and conversations – only we’re allowed to know these people work for a multinational company. A work reflecting on uprootedness, on the need to adapt, and, as the title suggests, on roles.
A Google Wife
Dalpine/Fiebre Photobook, 2017
Hardcover, 22,9 x 16,2 cm
207 pages, colour photographs