• Do they owe us a living?

Kollectiv, Pil and Kollectiv, Galia, 2022, Show, Exhibition or Event, Do they owe us a living?

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Organised in collaboration with the Art of Management & Organisation conference, co-hosted by the Bluecoat and the University of Liverpool, the group exhibition Do They Owe Us a Living? brings together eleven artists and artist collaborations and takes as its point of departure the conference theme ‘art-as-activism’. Each artist was asked to respond to the theme within the broader context of the conference.

Featuring a diverse range of practice: from community-focused projects engaging with care in the workplace and council-approved regeneration programmes; through to artworks directed at the histories of prejudice surrounding different communities; as well as work that questions the efficacy of art to function as an act of political resistance in its vulnerability to political co-option, ‘activism’ is proposed less as a given than a complex proposition.

While the Achilles’ heel of activism lies with its susceptibility to sanitisation under capitalism, and the Achilles’ heel of ‘art-as-activism’, the squaring of aesthetic questions with moral ones, what unites these artists is the way in which they seek to critique life under the market forces of neoliberalism, shedding light on the grassroots of lived experience, in the workplace and beyond, whilst throwing caution to the ‘activist’ tag.

Inspired by the 1978 song by the punk band Crass, from which it takes its name, Do They Owe Us A Living? sets out to reveal, as exhibition and idea, how any “living“ owed is registered solely with quality of life, as distinct from the ubiquitous culture of cost-benefit analysis and transactional thinking that surrounds us.

Artists: Beagles & Ramsay, Terry Bond, Pil & Galia Kollectiv, Rachel Garfield, Julika Gittner, Al Hopwood, Sumuyya Khader, Manual Labours (Sophie Hope & Jenny Richards), Chad McCail, Ian Monroe, Simon Willems. Curated by Simon Willems, artist and British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Reading.

Curator of an exhibitionWillems, Simon
Do They Owe Us a Living?The Royal Standard, Northern Lights, Cains Brewery Village, 5 Mann Street, Liverpool17 Aug - 24 Sep 2022Museum/exhibition
Official URL: https://www.the-royal-standard.co.uk/programme/mc2...
Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W100 Fine Art
School or Centre: School of Arts & Humanities
Funders: The Art of Management and Organisation, The University of Reading
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2023 16:18
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2023 16:18
URI: https://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/5568
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