A criticism of post-1989 capitalism, an analysis of its impact on the human life and a debate about possible alternatives. All of that is ECONOMY, an exhibition that will be hosted at Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) in Glasgow and at Scotland’s Centre for Photography (Stills) in Edinburgh from January 19th to April 21th 2013.
Curated by Angela Dimitrakaki and Kirsten Lloyd, two researchers at the University of Edinburgh, the project involves several artists coming from all over the world and will be complemented by film screenings, workshops and lectures about subjects such as migration, labour, sexuality and the crisis of democracy. Furthermore, the exhibition’s official site has been devised to be a platform open to all, which purpose is to support a public debate about economy.
Many essays have been written about the fact that, since the Cold War end until now, capitalism seems to have shown its worst side – increasing of the disparity, speculation, cyclical crises and so on. ECONOMY tries to investigate not only the impact of that capitalism phase on contemporary art, but above all the interaction between art and the transformations in the production processes during the 21th century. To summarize, Angela Dimitrakaki and Kirsten Lloyd’s analysis underlines a paradox: since 1990s to now, artists demonstrated a growing interest in labour, including their own labour; but, on the other hand, neo-liberalism became by now the prevailing ideology both in economic ambients and in artistic ones. Nevertheless, through the economic crisis that started in 2007, there has been the need to find once again alternative models. And this research can – or rather must – avail of the artists’ help, using their skill to analyze the society, so that an important contribution could come from contemporary art.
ECONOMY isn’t just an exhibition, neither a theoretical speculation made by economists for other economists. It is not destined to those who studied the J.M. Keynes’ thesis or to those who read the Joseph Stiglitz’ essays even in the bathroom. Anybody can take part in the discussion on the official site and the exhibited artworks summarize complex ideas. In this way, art becomes a deciding factor for change. Artists of the world, unite!

Gabriele Girolamini

CCA – Centre for Contemporary Arts
350 Sauchiehall Street | Glasgow | Scotland
Stills – Scotland’s Centre for Photography
23 Cockburn Street | Edinburgh | Scotland


On view
Aronowitsch & Heilborn, Ursula Biemann, Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz, Deller & Figgis, Tracey Emin, Espósito & Vila, Claire Fontaine, Andrea Fraser, Christos Georgiou, Melanie Gilligan, Michael Glawogger, Jonah Grimonprez, Andreas Gursky, Francesco Jodice, Kai Kaljo, Larsen & Millner, Owen Logan, Rick Lowe, Dani Marti, Jenny Marketou, Angela Melitopoulos, Marge Monko, Jesper Nordahl, Tanja Ostojić, Pennanen & Querrec, Anu Pennanen, Raqs Media Collective, Azzellini & Ressler, Martha Rosler, Maria Ruido, Allan Sekula, Mitra Tabrizian, Hito Steyerl, WochenKlausur, Paolo Woods, Yorgos Zois

Glasgow (Scotland): from January 26th to March 23th 2013
Edinburgh (Scotland): from January 19th to April 21th 2013