Take (a)back the economy


Mixed media

Take (a)back the economy

Past: April 13 → July 7, 2019

At the invitation of the CACC, curator Barbara Sirieix presents the exhibition “take (a)back the economy”, which brings together artists Anne Bourse, Eve Chabanon, Hanne Lippard, Ernesto Sartori and Jay Tan. Its name is inspired by the title of the 2013 book Take Back the Economy, which was co-authored by JK Gibson-Graham, Jenny Cameron and Stephen Healy.

The work of JK Gibson-Graham, feminist economists and geographers, no longer considers the economy as a unitary capitalist system and space but as an area of co-existence and contestation containing multiple economic forms — in short, a criticism of what they call “capitalocentrism”. Using the image of an iceberg, they have highlighted different visibility regimes within the economy. There exists what is above water level — wage-earning labour, market production, capitalist trade — and what is submerged — non-salaried labour, non-market or non-monetary economies, transactions within the household or communities, cooperatives, self-employed workers, donations etc. By supporting other forms of economic relationships within a diversified economy, their project aims to encourage economic self-determination in the individual, particularly through the creation of a more inclusive language.

Their concepts generate tools for thinking about the economies of artistic production, allowing us to consider certain less visible things such as, for example, what happens outside the gallery and studio… those things we are not used to considering as part of art or the artist’s economy. What are these invisible activities? What are the artist’s non-capitalist economies? What is the language of these economies? Does the artist’s interest in his or her production necessarily mean there is a production-oriented logic at work?

These reflections take place in a political context where the economy of those working in art is being challenged along with the institutional frameworks surrounding it. Several studies carried out in France and abroad show that these workers, despite being active in a highly profitable sector, are for the most part in a very precarious situation. Moreover, by thinking of artistic production in the context of a diversified economy, the artist’s slower economies, counterproductive processes, and ecological issues are observed more closely.

Artists Anne Bourse, Eve Chabanon, Hanne Lippard, Ernesto Sartori and Jay Tan have developed unique perspectives on the economy of artistic production, whether it be through making the latter interact with the activities and objects located outside the symbolic space and time of their artistic work, through considering the political and geopolitical space of the production and/or through the recycling of objects or economic languages.

For more information:
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  • Opening Saturday, April 13, 2019 5 PM → 9 PM
  • Visit Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 4 PM

    Visite de l’exposition avec la commissaire d’exposition, Barbara Sirieix

  • Event Saturday, June 22, 2019 3 PM → 9 PM

    Samedi Arty — Performance, conférence et enregistrement public de l’émission ForTune #4 diffusée sur la webradio *DUUU.

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Opening hours

Wednesday, 2 PM – 6 PM
Friday – Sunday, 2 PM – 6 PM
Open during exhibitions, except on public holidays.

Admission fee

Free entrance

The artists

  • Jay Tan
  • Ernesto Sartori
  • Ève Chabanon
  • Hanne Lippard
  • Anne Bourse