How do artists view the role of work in our society? What part does work play in our lives? In Bon Travail the artists question the position of the apparent opposite poles of ‘work’ and ‘non-work’ (or free time). With bittersweet humour they stand up for the right to be lazy. Their seemingly pointless actions illustrate the fact that work can be utterly absurd, or show that work can be deployed as an instrument of political power that leads to subjection. Ranging from the spectacular to the intimate, the exhibition interprets labour as a (political) performance. The notion of ‘non-work’ is considered to be of equal worth, as a factor for freedom that contributes to the quantity and quality of both the product of work and of life itself.
Bon Travail presents a number of the works introduced in brouillon in a completely different context: the ‘fixed’ layout of an exhibition.
works by Boris Chouvellon, Pierre Leguillon, Gustav Metzger, Jean-Luc Moulène, Hans Op de Beeck, Mladen Stilinović, Roberto Verde & Geraldine Py, Angel Vergara Santiago,... | curated by Ive Stevenheydens (Argos) in collaboration with Boris Charmatz and Martina Hochmuth (Musée de la danse) | thanks to the artists, Branka Stipančić, gb Agency, FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Georg Schöllhammer und Hedwig Saxenhuber / springerin, Eva Wittocx | support Institut française