Ève Chabanon

"Chapter 3"  

11 July – 4 October 2020

OpeningFriday, 10 July 2020, a prior registration is requested
VenueWestfälischer Kunstverein, Rothenburg 30, 48143 Münster
Opening HoursTuesday-Sunday 11 am-7 pm
Admission4 € / concessions 2 € / members free

The exhibition Chapter 3 by the French artist Ève Chabanon (b. 1989, lives and works in Brussels) provides an insight into her long-term discursive, performative project that revolves around the economic category of surplus, which she began in 2016 and titled The Surplus of the non-producer.

In the shape of her concept of the non-producer, Chabanon takes up the kind of (unproductive) work that, according to a Marxist understanding, doesn’t produce surplus value. In particular, this includes artists, (art and) craftspeople and other cultural workers who find themselves in exile due to migration and encounter difficulties in pursuing their profession. In 2016, Chabanon began working with some »non-producers« from the region around Paris, with whom she set up a kind of collaborative »think tank« geared towards a transcultural exchange of knowledge and skills as well as the development of a community. Ève Chabanon has developed a spatial installation and fragments of a video work from this collaborative process. The exhibition thus marks an intermediate step, a breathing space and a taking stock or site analysis of such a protracted and intensive project. Central to the project’s thematic arc is the value of an individual’s (usually increasingly non-material) work in a familiar – one's own – and/or alien cultural landscape.

The exhibition "Le Surplus" at Bétonsalon - Centre d’art et de recherche in Paris was shown from January 29 to (planned) April 25, 2020. It was closed early due to measures to combat the spread of the corona pandemic.

Chapter 3 at Westfälischer Kunstverein is Ève Chabanon’s first institutional solo exhibition in Germany.


The artist has produced a series of 100 ceramic mugs that are on sale during the opening hours of the exhibition.


Fig.: Ève Chabanon „Le Surplus“, 2020;  Installation view Bétonsalon - Centre d’art et de recherche, Paris / Foto: Aurélien Mole 




Friday, 10 July 2020, 6-9 pm, registration required

given the current circumstances, there won't be an opening reception.

However, we cordially invite you to take part in exhibition tours. At every full hour the artist Ève Chabanon and director Kristina Scepanski will give a tour through the exhibition. The groups are limited to a number of 20 people max., thus we kindly ask you to register in advance for a tour at either 6, 7 or 8 pm, by e-mail: info@westfaelischer-kunstverein.de.




"Chapter 3. Footnotes and Annotations"

Friday, 24 July 2020, 5-7 pm, CEST, in English

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Guest speakers:
Sophie Cras, art historian, Paris

Cédric Fauq, curator and writer, Paris

Abdulmajeed Haydar, scriptwriter, member of Ève Chabanon’s collective, Paris

Johanna-Yasirra Kluhs, dramaturge, Interkultur Ruhr, Essen

Ingrid Luquet-Gad, writer, Paris

Inès Mesmar, director La Fabrique NOMADE, Paris


Ève Chabanon, artist

Mathilde Belouali-Dejean, curator, Bétonsalon, Centre d'art et de recherche, Paris


Ceramics "Surplus" | 100 mugs

For her exhibition at Westfälischer Kunstverein, Ève Chabanon has handmade 100 ceramic mugs from glazed stoneware and underglaze pigment. On the one hand, these mugs are art objects in the exhibition space, but at the same time they are also objects for sale that visitors can buy. During the exhi­bi­tion, Ève Chabanon replays the sales pro­cess, while sub­jecting it to new rules. The price of the pieces goes up in pro­por­tion to their destocking, according to an expo­nen­tial curve drawn by Sophie Cras, senior lec­turer in art his­tory and eco­nomics grad­uate. If the first mug is put on sale at its cost price of € 20, the prices of the fol­lowing mugs rise slowly at first, then accel­erate to reach prices that are those of works of art. This approach, which points out the absur­dity of a system of values, joins and pro­longs Ève Chabanon’s artistic ques­tioning eco­nomic pro­cesses on a per­sonal and global scale.

The mugs are available for sale until the end of the exhibition (4 October 2020), during the opening hours of Westfälischer Kunstverein. Payments in cash only. Each mug is unique, the buyers receive a certificate. The proceeds go entirely to the artist.

An exhibition co-produced by Bétonsalon - Center for Art and Research, Paris and Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster

The exhibition was funded by Kunststiftung NRW

With kind support and part of the PERSPEKTIVE Fund for Contemporary Art & Architecture, an ini­tia­tive of the Bureau des arts plas­tiques of the Institut français. Supported by the French Ministry of Culture and the Goethe Institut.

Supported by L&S GmbH Co. KG and Licht + Werbetechnik Hermann Brück GmbH.

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