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Meet the Hungarian photographer asking why a woman’s work is never done

Meet the Hungarian photographer asking why a woman's work is never done
Image: Csilla Klenyanszki, Adho Mukha Shavasana No. 2, House/hold 2018

16 October 2018

Time and again, scientific research has proven what many have long suspected: for hetrosexual couples, women consistently do more housework than their male partners, irregardless of whether they both work full time.

In the Netherlands, women spend on an average 9 hours more per week on housework than men, according to the Dutch Sociaal en Cultureel Planbureau (SCP). In households with children, the average toll of housework and childcare rises to 25 hours a week for women — or 15 hours more than their male counterparts. That has a knock-on effect when it comes to sport, rest and relaxation. According to the UK’s Office of National Statistics, women have on average 5 hours less leisure time than men on a weekly basis.

Hungarian photographer Csilla Klenyanszki may have the answer. Her latest series, House/hold explores gender roles at home with a dose of irony by inventing a new, 30 minute yoga session combined with domestic chores.

“The session transforms the house into a space for meditation,” says Klenyanszki. “Housework is transformed from a physical chore to a mental and spiritual act where women and their household objects become entangled.”