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'Human Economy' the new exhibition of HEC’s Contemporary Art Space, from 20 November 2014 to 6 March 2015

19 November 2014
Economie humaine, la nouvelle exposition de l’Espace d’art contemporain HEC - HEC Paris 2014

Curator: Paul Ardenne

Associate curator: Barbara Polla 

Burak Arikan | Conrad Bakker | Yann Dumoget | Jean-Baptiste Farkas | Hervé Fischer | Sean Hart | Marc Horowitz | Joel Hubaut | Pierre Huyghe | Ali Kazma | Florent Lamouroux | Tuomo Manninen | Adrian Melis | Deimantas Narkevičius | + Jorge Orta Lucy | Jean Revillard | Camille Roux | Edith Roux | Benjamin Sabatier | Julien Serve | Zoë Sheehan Saldaña | Paul Souviron

Paul Ardenne and Barbara Polla have been commissioned for Human Economy , a collective exhibition at HEC’s Contemporary Art Space . Twenty-two artists will present their artwork in different living spaces on campus at HEC, and in the new Petit musée à durée indéterminée  (‘Small timeless museum’).


Contemporary art through the prism of economic news (excerpts)

Paul Ardenne, curator of the exhibition and Barbara Polla, associate curator

“This exhibition aims to take stock of the relationships visual artists have today with the world of business and, more broadly, with the economy in this era of globalization. There are two types of approaches: the ‘visual’ input into the world of business, the economy and production, and playing with economic indicators and the world of business. The emphasis here is on creativity, and the gaze of the artists invited for this exhibition tends to humanize the workplace and the economy. People become conscious, lucid, and concerned participants.


So, why this exhibition? It signifies that the economy is not excluded from the concerns of many contemporary artists. It signifies how the artistic vision comes to ‘humanize’ the economy, by mimicking it, diverting it, and even extending its practices up into the absurd. Hence it evolves from a subject of tension to one of relaxation.

The art work here produces a singular modulation of the attachment of contemporary man to materialism; it rematerializes the economy in altered forms, and invites us to better consider the real economy.”


Since its creation in 1999, HEC’s Contemporary Art Space   has experimented with new practices, and has encouraged confrontations and new encounters. In May 2014, Vestiges Ephémères  (‘Ephemeral remains’), a trail of art works recounting the experience of art on campus, was inaugurated.


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