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DEMAND AND SUPPLY, 2013


An artist is invited to create work for a Swiss art fair. He outsources his creative control to an investment banker. The banker instructs the artist to find an anti-capitalist protester, who can spray whatever he wants onto eleven white boards. The banker instructs the artist to play the role of gallerist. Any profits are split between them.

This project investigates the recuperation of radical aesthetics by the contemporary art market. Hijacking the market's appetite for the surface of political protest, it explores the potential for political protest to remain intact - even become more toxic - within the frenzy of a capitalist marketplace. The work sold to a private collector, and is featured in the book Global Corporate Collections, published by Deutsche Standards.

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Commissioned by Division of Labour / de Appel Gallerist Programme
Presented at Liste 18, Basel
Winner of the Sotheby's Artist Award 2015
Photography by Andrea Rossetti, Eva Vokata, Frantisek Matous

Dialogue between artist and banker
Press release
Essay by Jon Sharples
Review by Michael Hampton
Interview in Liste magazine