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Francesca Brusa

Francesca Brusa

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Francesca Brusa (*1991) ist Kuratorin und freie Autorin. Nach ihrer akademischen Ausbildung in Mailand und Zürich arbeitete sie u.a. mit Michelangelo Pistoletto und Bonnie Ora Sherk. Sie ist Mitbegründerin von archiveboxmuseum und klarakiss.zipspace, zwei unabhängigen Plattformen zeitgenössischer kuratorischer und künstlerischer Arbeitsformen. Ihre Praxis fokussiert dabei auf die Sichtbarmachung von verborgenen Produktions- und Arbeitsprozessen in der zeitgenössischen Kunst und sozio-ökonomischen gesellschaftlichen Strukturen. Sie arbeitet und lebt in Mailand und Zürich. 2018-2021 ist sie Research Fellow (Artistic Practices) an der Freien Universtiät Bozen.


Promotionsvorhaben
Invisible production

Distributing the invisible and the visible between the process of labour and the work of art.
Maja Bajevic, Maria Eichhorn, and Mika Rottenberg staging the critique of immaterial labour.


The research project looks at the relation between artistic production and heteronomous forms of contemporary labour (Roberts, 2007). In the 21st century, both forms of production seem mutually intertwined. In fact, whereas the labour conditions of the neo-liberal subject are shaped according to the figure of the artist (Boltanski, Chiapello, 1999), many artists seem to stage the performance of non-artistic labour. Thus, the project seeks to determine how contemporary artists address the structural relation of labour to the public sphere (Molesworth, 2000) and how they expose contemporary and biopolitical structures of labour (J. Berry, 2019). Since the 1990s, post-conceptual artists expanded the field of critique, adjusting it to the disappearance of material manufacture production from the public sphere. Are these artistic practices informed by the critique of immaterial labour? Are they opposing the geo-political distribution of material production to the Western world, increasingly based on immaterial labour? (Caffentzis, Federici, 2013). Looking at the works of Maja Bajevic, Maria Eichhorn, and Mika Rottenberg, the project seeks to grasp the artistic exposure of the ambivalence of immaterial and material labour which characterize contemporary production. Considering the biopolitical nature of labour which emerges in Hannah Arendt’s “Human Condition” (1958) and in the work of the post-Operaists (Lazzarato, 1996; Virno, 2002), the research inquires how the works of contemporary artists contribute to the theoretical field.