Sophie Carapetian
Art Labour Compendium

Exhibition open:

3.3.12 – 25.3.12
Sat. – Sun. 12:00 – 18:00

Private view:

Thursday March 1st 19:00 – 21:00

Art Labour Compendium is an on-going body of works that seeks to interrogate the relation between art and capital through reflections on labour and wage struggles within the arts economy.

The compendium is in a constant state of recomposition and flux. In its current guise, it comprises film, sculpture and photographic work. For xero, kilne & coma, the compendium exhumes the buried histories of the London branch of the Artists Union (1972-1983) and the Art strike action committees of London and San Francisco (1990 - 1993). It also investigates the problem of the vanguard by staging reconciliation between Marx and Bakunin in the style of De Kooning, and explores the question of the labour bound up in the making of an artwork.