A Zero Hours Worker’s Fate

Starting from Sarah Ahmed’s Willful Subjects, and from some key points of their recent personal experiences, and from tarot, the artist duo Simona Dumitriu & Ramona Dima (aka Claude&Dersch) will explore the multiple meanings of free will in precarious life and work situations. 

Simona Dumitriu & Ramona Dima / Malmö, Sweden / Bucharest, Romania — Aug 30, 2021

Akademie Schloss Solitude - A Zero Hours Worker’s Fate

In their project A Zero Hours Worker’s Fate they speak about precarious work conditions like temporary jobs, or zero hours contracts in Sweden and beyond. The online project thus unfolds between a distinct political agenda and the act of sharing and making personal stories and experiences tangible.  Simona Dumitriu and Ramona Dima aim to produce a written and filmed Document of Fates during the residency. Starting from it, in the following months they will organize, together with their local union, an open discussion around the exploitation behind zero hours contracts, xenophobia, and fear in Sweden’s dystopian work field. Through this, they hope hope to connect different groups who suffer similar exploitation in various fields in the city where they currently live, and contribute to organizing against this dreaded work system.


Simona&Ramona (a.k.a. Claude&Dersch) are the artistic alter egos of life and work duo Simona Dumitriu and Ramona Dima. We share a common interest in poetry and autoethnographical writing as political tool. Simona is a teacher, organizer, and curator, and a founding member of the mythical Platforma Space in Bucharest. Ramona is a postdoctoral researcher writing about lost Romanian queer herstories. Our joint artistic practice is a quintessential part of our activism.

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