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🔪 nasty notes (2022) 🔪


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“One of the best case studies on art-world
exploitation and harmful labor relations
I've read, maybe ever.”

- Shiloh Hodges, arts worker



nasty notes
32 pages, 5.5 x 7.5 inches
Pre-orders 10/25/22
Publishing 11/16/22
$11-28, print
$4-20, pdf


you've all heard rumors about the times ---------- sent me -------- and i wrote back with a nasty note that said ------------------ and attached an invoice. and they paid me.

from the girl who brought you #freelanceflailing, That Piece on labor conditions at the museum, “Giving Back by Giving it Up,”and years of writing on labor dynamics comes never before seen  correspondences, curated from her very extensive archive for benedict’s first zine, nasty notes. 😈

compiling over six years of selected emails sent by benedict in response to harmful institutional actions, nasty notes recounts benedict’s attempts to repair ruptures. as the missives proceed, what’s ultimately unveiled are her evolving tactics for naming and getting paid for the emotional and intellectual labor required to engage with exploitative arts organizations. 😈

this is a zine for arts workers in particular, but it’s also for any worker who thinking about "quiet quitting" in the apocalyptic age of the “great resignation” and @changethemuseum and the DEI industrial complex. 

rumors of benedict’s emails have been circulating for years. 😈 now, they can be yours! 😈


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 “I just know that either one of us could blow up
a whole project with just one email if we wanted.”

-Johnnie Cruise Mercer, arts worker


“benedict nguyễn’s nasty notes asks institutions
"Is it that hard?," as in, "...what does accountability look like..." for the relationship between institutions and workers.
let's not forget that the release of workplace violations
comes from deep capitalism-driven trauma,
and nasty notes is spectacular resistance.
we know these wounds well—nasty notes says no.”

-t. tran le, arts worker


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Last day to order a physical copy before a holiday pause: December 12

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We’re a tiny girlboss operation, thanks in advance for your patience with any girlboss hiccups!

“Functioning as both an archive of past correspondences
and a blueprint for future enactments, nasty notes
provides a didactic template on how to dirty talk with
institutions, or how to speak truth to power as power.

Sanctioned within the lexicon of professionalism,
what’s nasty about nasty notes is not its linguistic
delivery, but its explicit flirtation with and assertion of
economic relations that are only meant to be implied.
#freelanceflailing remains ever precarious,
threatening to unravel the illusion of order altogether.”



- Anh Vo, arts worker


XTRA NASTIES

xtra reading from the zine,
i.e. a self-referential citational practice, etc. ;)



Forecasting the next stage of #freelanceflailing amid so many failed labor relations - National Sawdust
            Part 1: Interpersonal harm is a predictable horror of the art world
            Part 2: If me valuing myself sounds like a threat, your power trip has already gone too far

moving, unknown / vague ideas around the thing itself: an artist statement - Diacritics

Giving back by giving it up: on gentrification, reparations, dance, etc.
            (Part 1 & Part 2) - Center for Humanities

Sara Ahmed - Complaint as Diversity Work

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