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Renzo Martens: talk and in conversation

23 April 2016 2:00 pm - 23 April 2016 4:00 pm

Dutch, Brussels-based artist Renzo Martens gives a talk about the Institute for Human Activities, an organisation that he initiated and the co-producer of the exhibition Cercle d’Art des Travailleurs de Plantation Congolaise, which presents chocolate sculptures created by plantation workers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Martens focuses on the ethos behind this project, particularly how art making can improve the living conditions of the plantation workers, some of the most underpaid people in the world, and thus help to redress historical, global economic inequality.

Following his presentation, Martens engages in a conversation with Alistair Hudson, director of Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art. They discuss the ethical aspect of this project and the political dimension of Martens’ output, addressing the use value of creative practice and why artists should contribute to social change.



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