Claire Fontaine: Economies
June 3 – August 22, 2010
In 2004, Claire Fontaine took the name of a French paper company and called herself a ready-made artist. Managed by “assistants,” Fontaine’s practice is deeply imbedded in collaborative modes of working and questioning possibilities for social change. “Claire Fontaine’s work asks us to reconsider our assumptions as art viewers as well as members of society and to question daily facets of life that are often taken for granted,” said MOCA Associate Curator Ruba Katrib. “Economies is a visual meditation on alternative value systems and on the contradictions connected to concepts of ‘ownership’ today, which is especially relevant in the current economic climate.” A “moving-image toolbox” featuring films that have influenced Claire Fontaine includes: Trinh T. Minh-ha’s Reassemblage (1982), Barbette Scroeder’s Koko: A Talking Gorilla, (1978), East of Paradise, dir. Lech Kowalski, 2005; and D’amore si vive, dir. Silvano Agosti, 1984.
A full color catalogue featuring essays by MOCA Associate Curator Ruba Katrib and Tom McDonough, Associate Professor of Modern Architecture and Urbanism at the Art History Dept. at Binghamton University will accompany the exhibition.
Funding for the exhibition is provided by the French American Cultural Exchange.