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.


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



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.