Social Documents / ECONOMY

Mitra Tabrizian, City, London, 2008
19 Jan 2013 - 21 Apr 2013

In the 21st century, does the economy provide the ground zero of our sense of self? And what does this experience of a life dominated by economic relations feel or even look like? Presented at Stills in Edinburgh and CCA in Glasgow two parallel exhibitions make the core of ECONOMY. Accompanied by film screenings, public forums and online debate, the project examines the heightened interest of art today in revealing the economy as an inescapable social truth. The artworks on show experiment with the imaginative documentation of social life to address issues ranging from climate change, labour conditions, sexuality, migration and the crisis of democracy to the quest for alternative futures.

A programme of screenings, public forums, talks and performances will accompany the exhibition. In addition, ECONOMY includes two new residency-based commissions by Edinburgh-based photographer Owen Logan and the Austrian collective Wochenklausur. Throughout the month of February WochenKlausur’s project office will be set up in CCA’s Creative Lab. Having led an art practice of social engagement and inclusivity since the early 1990s, WochenKlausur will work with residents in Drumchapel as part of the work Participatory Economics.

What does economy mean to you? Visit the independent ECONOMY website to upload your own photographs to the Image Archive, contribute to the ongoing discussions and consult the material in the Reading Room:


David Aronowitsch & Hanna Heilborn / Ursula Biemann / Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz / Jeremy Deller & Mike Figgis / Tracey Emin / Yevgeniy Fiks, Olga Kopenkina & Alexandra Lerman / Andrea Fraser / Claire Fontaine / Christos Georgiou / Melanie Gilligan / Johan Grimonprez / Andreas Gursky / Francesco Jodice / Kai Kaljo / Ernest Larsen & Sherrie Milner / Owen Logan / Rick Lowe / Angela Melitopoulos / Jenny Marketou / Dani Marti / Marge Monko / Tanja Ostojic / Anu Pennanen / Raqs Media Collective / Oliver Ressler & Dario Azzellini / Martha Rosler / Maria Ruido / Hito Steyerl / Mitra Tabrizian / Nuria Vila & Marcelo Expósito / WochenKlausur / Paolo Woods / Yorgos Zois



Saturday 19 January - Sunday 21 April 2013 / Monday - Sunday / 11am - 6pm / FREE

Preview Friday 18 January



26 January - Sunday 23 March 2013 / Tuesday - Saturday / 11am - 6pm / FREE

Preview Friday 25 January


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ECONOMY is supported by The Association of Art Historians / The Barry Amiel and Norman Melburn Trust / Creative Scotland / Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen e. V. / Austrian Cultural Forum London / Goethe Institut Glasgow / FRAME Finnish Fund for Art Exchange / Finnish Institute in London / Arts Council of Finland / Inigo / City of Edinburgh Council / Glasgow Life / The Nancie Massey Charitable Trust


Image: Mitra Tabrizian, City, London, 2008