23 JUN - 28 JAN 2018
49 NORD 6 EST - FRAC LORRAINE - METZ (57)
Curator: Virginie Jourdain
Thursday, June 22:
7pm – opening in the presence of the curator and the artists & 7.30pm – performance “Lines and other casualties” of Martine Viale
What does it even mean to work today? Achieving social status, keeping busy every day, having a source of income, or perhaps feeling useful? Discover an intersectional group exhibition that puts “invisible” workers in the spotlight: from house cleaners to interns, to artists and cultural actors! The guest curator Virginie Jourdain presents an original interpretation of the working environment from a committed activist and feminist point of view. Let’s take a fresh look at the different types of labor, whether domestic, artistic, or breadwinning, and their social and moral significance.
The exhibition Human Resources addresses the specificities of artists’ work from the point of view of artists themselves. There is no hierarchy among the works or contributions, whether issued from collaborative, horizontal, or solidarity-based practices or inspired by feminist activism and struggle.The projects of guest artists help to blend the question of work and artistic labor with essential reflections on well-being, strategies of survival, ethical modes of production, and inclusive perspectives conducive to rethinking labor.
This bold presentation is accompanied by head-spinning performances, empowerment workshops, and direct debates… Let’s share our professional experiences and take advantage of tools and activities that nourish our bodies and open our minds!
Human Resources is part of the group project Le travail à l’œuvre [Labor at work] carried out by the three FRAC of the Grand Est region
A word from the curator
Through its artistic and activist contributions, the group exhibition Human Resources reverses the relationships between the center and the periphery of art by exploring that which is systematically marginalized whenever the question of work, a fortiori artistic work, is being raised. In this sense, the feminist analytical framework seems to be particularly relevant to examine the material conditions of production and dissemination of works discriminatory to women and minorities. The intersectional feminist approach allows us to raise awareness about the mechanisms that determine the types of production that tend to be privileged, the dynamics that govern our personal and professional relationships, as well as a diversity of contextual — physical, social, political, etc. — elements that frame and condition either appreciation or depreciation of artistic labor. How can artists reinvent work? Can we imagine an arts center of tomorrow without first challenging institutional norms and operating procedures?
How do we integrate a more global analysis of the value of labor and of the treatment of human resources into our reflection? How can the profession of the artist be a source of inspiration or emancipation? By bringing together the points of view of artists, cultural workers, and/or activists, while refusing to separate personal, familial, professional, artistic, and activist implications of work-related issues, we wish to shed light on the connections between — not always compatible — activities and identities that shape labor, and in particular artistic labor.
The exhibition Human Resources addresses the specificities of artists’ work from the point of view of artists themselves, while also emphasizing the question of invisible, undervalued, and underpaid or nonpaid work more generally. The works and contributions featured in the exhibition thus question the social and moral value of labor. There is no hierarchy among the works or contributions, whether issued from collaborative, horizontal, or solidarity-based practices or inspired by feminist activism and struggle. We also propose to open a broader discussion about work and working conditions through a series of meetings and workshops. The projects of guest artists help to blend the question of work and artistic labor with essential reflections on well-being, strategies of survival, ethical modes of production, and inclusive perspectives conducive to rethinking labor.
Virginie Jourdain is an artist, independent curator and exhibition coordinator at the self-managed, non-hierarchical feminist art center La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse in Montreal (CA). Guided by an intersectional feminist analytical framework, she is interested in the institutionalization of hierarchies and in the criteria for valuing and othering in art.
Le travail à l’œuvre [Labor at work]
Group project by Frac Alsace, Frac Champagne-Ardenne et 49 Nord 6 Est – Frac Lorraine
The three FRAC of the Grand Est region join forces around a shared exhibition theme: work in all shapes and sizes!
In Reims, FRAC Champagne Ardenne opens the cycle Le travail à l’oeuvre with a group exhibition entitled “The Alternative,” or how to work differently. Next, 49 Nord 6 Est – FRAC Lorraine in Metz will address the social, moral, and invisible dimensions of work in a group exhibition entitled “Human Resources” and take the reflection to the very heart of the art milieu. FRAC Alsace in Sélestat, in turn, features an in-situ installation by the artist Michael Beutler which combines the process of creation and productive technical skill.
May 19 – Sept 17
Opening: May 18 – 6pm
With the works of Francis Alÿs, Francis Cape, Plamen Dejanoff, Jeremy Deller & Alan Kane, documentation Céline Duval, David Evrard, Patricio Gil Flood, Jeanne Gillard & Nicolas Rivet, Elsa Maillot, Jean-Charles Massera, Jean-Luc Moulène, Jean-Marie Perdrix, Julien Prévieux, Superflex, Koki Tanaka, and some archives documents from Musée de l’Histoire Vivante, Montreuil and Archives Nationales du Monde du Travail, Roubaix.
July 1st – Nov 05
Pipeline field. Michael Beutler
Opening: June 30, 7pm