Executed, the new exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Cuts, runs parallel to Executive Chair by artists Haydn Jones, Fabio Lattanzi Antinori, and Jonathan Munro at Guest Projects in London. The exhibition, themed around issues related to the corporate world and corporate discourses, offers different perspectives on the nature of contemporary production, work place and workers’ rights.
The workplace is the space where desires are crushed by the realities of contemporary politics and the erosion of worker’s rights. It is the place where people and their hopes are executed.
The works of art featured in the exhibition fluctuate between a dark reiteration of office discourses and hierarchical forms of exploitation and abuse which are decontextualized and represented in an art setting, a repurposing of the drama of financial data which are willfully replayed by the artist within a contemporary aesthetizing and anesthetizing agenda, and the invitation to playful interactions with the audience dismissing the misery and reality of contemporary labour interactions.
The title Executed refers to the execution of a particular task, as a means and end in itself, as well as an exaggerated description of the realities of contemporary work culture. The concept also openly winks to the idea of execution as a dramatic and final moment in people’s lives in which the execution of a task is also the execution of one’s dignity and life.
The artworks featured in Executed have been the outcome of a collaborative process by artists Haydn Jones, Fabio Lattanzi Antinori, and Jonathan Munro, with the curatorial contribution of Ozden Sahin.
Throughout the exhibition, the artists question the production of spaces, discourses, and bodies within a corporate setting, referring to the role of larger economic and political structures that shape them as well as the people that work in them.
Senior curator: Lanfranco Aceti. Curator: Ozden Sahin
19 January 2015 to 19 February 2015
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Image: Jonathan Munro, Proposition, 2014. Photo Credit: Fabio Lattanzi Antinori.
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