Claire Fontaine

Lecture: May 12, 2021 - 8 pm CEST (online *)
Studio visits: May 13, 2021 - schedule to be announced (online *)

Claire Fontaine is a Palermo-based collective, founded in 2004 in Paris. After lifting her name from a popular brand of school notebooks, Claire Fontaine declared herself a “readymade artist” and began to elaborate a version of neo-conceptual art that often looks like other people’s work. Working in neon, video, sculpture, painting and text, her practice can be described as an ongoing interrogation of the political impotence and the crisis of singularity that seem to define contemporary art today.
Amongst her publications are the anthology Human Strike and the Art of Creating Freedom published by Derive Approdi in Italian in 2017, by Diaphanes in French in 2019 and by Semiotext(e) in English in 2021, and the artist books Some instructions for the sharing of private property, One Star Press, 2011 e Vivre, vaincre, Dilecta, 2009.Two monographs have been published on the artist by Koenig Books, Newsfloor, 2020, with texts by Anita Chari and Jaleh Mansoor and Foreigners Everywhere, 2011, with texts by L. Ragaglia, Bernard Blistène, Nicolas Liucci-Goutnikov, John Kelsey, Hal Foster.
Solo shows include: Siamo con voi nella notte, Museo del 900, Florence, 2020; Your Money and Your Life, Galerias Municipais, Lisbon, 2019; La Borsa e la vita, Palazzo Ducale, Genova, 2019; Les printemps seront silencieux, Le Confort Moderne, Poitiers, 2019; #displaced, Städtische Galerie Norhdorn, Nordhorn, 2019 ; Fortezzuola, Museo Pietro Canonica, Villa Medici, Rome, 2016; Tears, Jewish Museum, New York, 2013; 1493, Espacio 1414, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2013; Sell Your Debt, Queen’s Nails, San Francisco 2013; Redemptions, CCA Wattis, San Francisco, 2013; Carelessness causes fire, Audian Gallery, Vancouver, 2012; Breakfast starts at midnight, Index, The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation Stockholm, 2012; M-A-C-C-H-I-N-A-Z-IO-N-I, Museion, Bolzano, 2012; P.I.G.S., MUSAC, Castilla y León, 2011; Economies, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, 2010.

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