Physical labour is disappearing and with it, the image of the ‘hard manual labourer’. The disappearance of hard labour is not problematic in itself. I am occupied with the disappearance of the mentality which derives from it: the willingness to self-sacrifice that characterises people who carry out extreme forms of work. In my work I look to portray the worker and to distillate the image of uncompromising strength and suffering. A heroic man who is willing to sacrifice himself out of a necessity or a common good, just like the manual labourers of the past.