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Ève Chabanon Chapter 4: Sold


Ève Chabanon Chapter 4: Sold

23 APR — 4 SEP 2021

Together with a collective of ‘non-producers’ Ève Chabanon raises questions surrounding the conditions of cultural labour.

An economy of loss sits at the margins of our usual flow of extenuating production. According to the law of profit, the making of non-producers equals loss, and therefore debt. The ‘non-producers’ are a collective of makers in exile who question the way we assign value to cultural work. The surplus-value that they generate eludes calculation. It is a form of raw expenditure that operates through transfers of knowledge and practice. This exhibition presents a new chapter of the project “The Surplus of the Non-producer” that Chabanon has been developing collectively since 2016. Through ceramic sculptures, installation and film, Chapter 4: Sold is an invitation to explore a certain economy of the margins.

The mugs in the exhibition are on sale. Refer to the exhibition host for information on the price list. Payment by card only.

The sale of the Surplus series produced for ‘Chapter 3: Living in Reality’ at the Westfälischer Kunstverein in Münster continues in Beursschouwburg. With each chapter, the unsold mugs accumulate and become a currency in their own right. Their value keeps expanding, following their own curve of exponential value. Surplus endures with the remains of a past edition. 

OPENING ON FRIDAY 23 APRIL 2021, 14:00-21:30


12:00 - 18:00





Ève Chabanon (b. 1989, Poissy, France) lives and works in Brussels. She graduated from the Haute École des Arts du Rhin (HEAR) in Strasbourg in 2013, before taking a Masters in Curating at the Sorbonne Université in Paris in 2014 and participating in the Open School East in London and Margate in 2016. She took part in several residencies, including at the White House in Dagenham in 2017, the FRAC Grand Large in Dunkirk in 2018 and Te Whare Hera in Wellington, New Zealand, where she presented her first solo exhibition “Eating Each Other” in 2019. She was awarded the Prix Sciences Po for contemporary art in 2018 for her project “The Anti-Social Social Club: Episode One, The Chamber of the Dispossessed”. Chabanon's works have been shown in France as part of La Manutention, a performance programme at Palais de Tokyo (2018), at Parc Saint Léger (2016), and the CAC Chanot, Clamart (2019). Other chapters of “The surplus of the non-producer” were presented at Lafayette Anticipations (2018), Bétonsalon - Centre d'art et de recherche, Paris (2020) and Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster (2020).


Yara Al Najem (b. 1990, Syria) is a graphic artist who graduated in visual communication from Damascus University in 2012. She started sharing her posters and designs on social media during the 2011 social uprising in Syria, and her works have been included in the Al Carama Ela Ayn exhibition in Jordan in 2012, Aswat Sorya in Switzerland in 2013, and Imago Mundi in Italy in 2015. She worked for InCoStrat from 2013 to 2016, and for Ark Group DMCC, from 2012 to 2013.

Abou Dubaev started working as a wood sculptor in the Chechen Republic at the age of 17, before specializing in plaster and stucco work. In the 1980s he started working as co-manager of a moulding company and, with the support of La Fabrique nomade, he is now pursuing his activities as a restorer, moulder and sculptor working on architectural details in museums, historical monuments and for designers.

Olivier Iturerere (b. 1988, Burundi) is the founder of the production company ITULIVE Media & Communications. He has produced and directed several films including Kilo 8, Welcome Home and The Springboard. After completing his studies in cinema at the Fémis in 2016, he taught at the SAPPEJ center in Paris and went on to work as production manager at billie ness, a French production company, and as production director at the association Exilophone. 

Nassima Shavaeva is an Uyghur singer and dancer. Originally from Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, she usually performs with her spouse Azamat Abdurakhmanov. The couple has performed numerous shows and have released the record Laïra as a duo. Since Nassima Shavaeva moved to France in 2016 she has been seeking to develop her repertoire through collaborations with different musicians like Elie Maalouf or Wael Alkak.

Aram Ikram Taştekin (b. 1988, Turkish Kurdistan) is a playwright and actor. He studied theatre and art therapy, and now specializes in teaching drama to children in addition to being a theatre, cinema and television actor. In 2016, he was director of cultural affairs for the city of Lice (Turkey) before fleeing to France where he was given political asylum in 2017. He pursued his studies at Paris 8 University and INALCO and assisted Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne on the play Why. He has been a member of the agency of artists in exile since 2017.

Abdulmajeed Haydar (b. 1960, Syria) is a Palestinian scriptwriter from Syria. He wrote scripts for several television series as well as short and feature films. He organized a literary and cinema evening at a Palestinian refugee camp in Syria in 1987, and wrote series based on interactive drama that were perceived as being anti-regime and were soon censored and blacklisted. He directed TKHAREEF at the National Theatre of Damascus (2000), collaborated with Liwaa Yazji on the documentary Haunted (2014) and wrote La fenêtre (2018), which was performed in Paris with the support of the agency of artists in exile.