This evening, the duo Claire Fontaine will be in conversation with the renowned art critic and art historian Hal Foster.
Claire Fontaine is a Paris-based artist collective. Its work responds to a feeling of political impotence in contemporary culture and is motivated by the history of radical protest. Among Claire Fontaine’s best-known works is Equivalent VIII (2007), 120 firebricks wrapped in book covers from radical literary texts. Referencing the bricks thrown by Paris protesters in May 1968, the piece presents (symbolic and literal) devices of dissent. Foreigners Everywhere is an ongoing series of neon signs in which the title is stated in the language of the country where the work is appearing. It references the ubiquity of immigration issues and anxiety regarding terrorist threats.