About this project

This is an ongoing project. Check here for updates.

Artists Zoe Beloff and Eric Muzzy have been speaking with essential workers in jobs ranging from neighborhood food distribution on the Lower East Side to longshoremen at massive supply chain shipping ports in Red Hook.

These stories will come together in an interactive, documentary public art project celebrating the people who, at great personal cost, keep all of us going through the pandemic. It will take the form of a series of posters and and large scale wall mural featuring a larger-than-life parade of workers, each a portrait of a real person.

Collectively they will highlight the diversity and resiliency of the working people of this city. Each portrait will have QR codes that will link to short documentary films in which the workers will introduce us to their world, their work and their dreams for the future.

A sneak preview of this project will take place Tuesday, October 19th, 8pm EDT at Union Docs Center for Documentary Arts.

The Song of the Essential Worker film, mural, and poster projects are organized by the James Gallery and Slought Foundation in collaboration with support from NYC City Artists Corps and SP CUNY.