The Right Attitude
Capitalism has been the dominant economic model in Europe since the fall of the Iron Curtain at the latest. Its success is uncontestable, and it has more or less kept its promise of prosperity in various countries. Having a job assures the individual of survival, freedom, and social status. Frank Schinski has long been examining the working world and has created several photographic series on the topic.
In his current project, The Right Attitude, he follows a variety of job application processes in different European countries. He observes participants at job fairs, job interviews, auditions, or in assessment centers, who fall into what is an apparently firmly defined kind of choreography of imaginary expectations. The appointments, places, and procedures seem to be standardized, normalized, and as uniform as the applicants themselves, who are supposed to be tested, judged, evaluated, and categorized in accordance with a particular economic point of view. Schinski’s field of vision focuses on the interactions between the working world and the individual that determine large portions of the latter’s personal life.