Par les temps qui courent - Le Grand Café
Par les temps qui courent - Le Grand Café
Par les temps qui courent - Le Grand Café
Par les temps qui courent - Le Grand Café
Par les temps qui courent - Le Grand Café

Exhibition

Following on from the symposium Art et travail - culture et entreprise : nouveaux horizons organised by the Saint-Nazaire Centre de Culture Populaire (C.C.P.), Le Grand Café – Contemporary Art Centre, Saint-Nazaire, is presenting a group exhibition at Le LiFE that brings together fourteen artists, predominantly working with video, around the question of work in today's world. Whether the backdrop to the works on show concern the great mutations relating to the end of the industrial world, the fall of the economic model of the 1970s or the more recent passage to the financialization of society, all of them go beyond simple description and take a critical view of the place of the individual in the world of work. A number of the artists indicate, with causticity and humour, the faults of the system, the new forms of alienation and imposed conformism. All of them remind us that work cannot be looked at and analysed today without an understanding of its links to an economy that has become globalised. Ultimately, the questions of the meaning and value - real or supposed - that are attached to work run through this exhibition, articulated around two axes: the disappearance of one world and the advent of new codes and spaces of power. If certain artists allow us to glimpse possible forms of resistance, they also show the difficulty of constructing global collective action, leaving only the active or inactive individual faced with an increasingly complex system.

Artworks

Bertille Bak
Faire le mur
2008
Video, stereo 17 min Co production : Le Fresnoy, Studio National des Arts Contemporains and Bertille Bak Courtesy of the artist and the Galerie Xippas, Paris
Bertille Bak
Court n°3
2007
Video, black and white, stereo 4 min 45 s Courtesy of the artist and the Galerie Xippas, Paris
Harun Farocki
Arbeiter verlassen die Favrik in elf Jahrzehnten
2006
Work in 3 dimensions, cinematic installation 49 NORD 6 EST – Frac Lorraine's collection
Harun Farocki
Vergleich über ein Drittes
2007
Video, double projection Digital Betacam, color, sound 25 min FNAC 09-223 Centre national des arts plastiques's collection
Paul Harrisson & John Wood
10 X 10
2011
HD Video, color, sound, edition of 5 15 min 37 s Courtesy John Wood & Paul Harrison and Galerie Martine Aboucaya, Paris
Martin Le Chevallier
L'an 2008
2010
Film 20 min Courtesy of Galerie Jousse Entreprise, Paris
Cristina Lucas
Touch & Go
2010
Video 9 min Courtesy of the artiste and Juana de Aizpuru Gallery, Madrid
Adrian Melis
Plan de producción de suenos
2012
40 box in wood, 8 color photographs, shelves Courtesy ADN Galeria, Barcelone
Adrian Melis
Making of 40 Rectangular Pieces for a Floor Construction
2008
Video 5 min 39 s Courtesy ADN Galeria, Barcelone
Frédéric Moser & Philippe Schwinger
Donnerstag
2006
Digital video 16:9 12 min 54 s Courtesy of Galerie Jocelyn Wolff, Paris
Frédéric Moser & Philippe Schwinger
Alles wird wieder gut
2006
Anamorphic digital video 16:9 19 min 58 s Courtesy Galerie Jocelyn Wolff, Paris
Antoine Nessi
Les Outils morts (outils pour une grève)
2011
Cast iron, wooden workbench
Antoine Nessi
Ghost Machines 1 & 2
2011
Cast iron, wooden workbench
Anu Pennanen
A Day in the Office
2006
Video 16 min Courtesy of the artist
Julien Prévieux
Anomalies construites
2011
Video, edition of 5 8 min Courtesy Galerie Jousse Entreprise, Paris Production Galerie Édouard Manet
Julien Prévieux
Lettres de non-motivation
Work in progress since 2000 Paper 21 x 29,7 cm each Courtesy Galerie Jousse Entreprise, Paris
SUPERFLEX
The Working Life
2013
Video 9 min 50 s Courtesy Galerie Jousse Entreprise, Paris Product by Pasha Parts
Pilvi Takala
The Trainee
2008
Installation Courtesy Stigter Van Doesburg, Amsterdam
Thu Van Tran
Écrire Duras
2009
Paper, blue of methylene 10,5 x 18 x 1 cm Courtesy Galerie Meessen De Clercq, Bruxelles
Thu Van Tran
199491, le Nombre pur selon Duras
2010
Sound work 1 min Courtesy Galerie Meessen De Clercq, Bruxelles
Carey Young
I am a Revolutionary
2001
Video in DVD, color, sound 4 min 08 s Courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, New York

Biographies

Bertille Bak Born in 1983 in Arras (France). Lives and works in Paris and le Nord Pas-de-Calais, France. The artist is represented by the Galerie Xippas (Paris). website
Harun Farocki Born in 1944 in Novy Jicin (Czech Republic). Dead in 2014 à Berlin. website
Paul Harrison & John Wood Born in respectively in 1969 in Hong-Kong and in 1966 in Wolverhamption (Great Britain). website
Martin Le Chevallier Born in 1968 in France. Lives and works in Rennes. website
Cristina Lucas Born in 1973 in Jaen (Spain).
Adrian Melis Born in 1985 in La Havane (Cuba).
Frédéric Moser & Philippe Schwinger Born respectively in 1966 and in 1961 à Saint-Imier (Switzerland). Live an work in Berlin. The artists are represented by the Jocelyn Wolff gallery. gallery website
Antoine Nessi Born in 1985. Lives and works in Marseille. website
Anu Pennanen Born in 1975 in Kirkkonummi (Sueden). website
Julien Prévieux Born in 1974 in Grenoble. Lives and works in Paris. website
SUPERFLEX Founded in 1993 by Jakob Fenger, Bjørnstjerne Christiansen and Rasmus Nielsen. website
Pilvi Takala Born in 1981 in Helsinki (Finland). website
Thu Van Tran Born in 1979 in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam). Lives and works in Paris. website
Carey Young Born in 1970 in Lusaka (Zambia). website