8. Capitalism Kills (Love)
Claire Fontaine (France)
Location Number: 8
at Durham Miners' Hall, North Road
Despite appearances to the contrary, Claire Fontaine is not one artist, but two. Based in Paris, and taking its name from the stationery in every French schoolchild's satchel, it is a collaboration between two anonymous artists who describe themselves as 'assistants' to Claire Fontaine. Together they have responded to global events and political systems by producing a series of powerful artworks that address their perception of the inequalities and injustices of modern life. They have exhibited burned slogans in galleries, handed out 'Instructions for the Sharing of Private Property' through video tutorials and produced limited-edition lock picks.
About the artists
Claire Fontaine is a Paris-based collective, founded in 2004. After lifting her name from a popular brand of school notebooks, Claire Fontaine declared herself a "readymade artist" and began to elaborate a version of neo-conceptual art that often looks like other people's work. Recent shows include the 12th Istanbul Biennale, the Fourth Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Dublin Contemporary and Athens Biennale. Solo exhibitions include: P.I.G.S., MUSAC (Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla y León, Spain); Future Tense, Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City; Economies, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami; and Claire Fontaine: The Exhibition Formerly Known As Passengers, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco. Fontaine has participated in group exhibitions that include: Seconde Main, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; The Traveling Show, La Colección Jumex, Mexico City; and Audio, Video, Disco, Kunsthalle Zürich, Zurich.
Exhibited courtesy of the artists and the Lisson Gallery,
To find out more, visit www.clairefontaine.ws
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