press release

To what extent does class play a role in the production and dissemination of contemporary art? Lapdogs of the Bourgeoisie investigates the latent issue of class underlying the field of contemporary visual art. The project is an open question, an invitation to a discussion long overdue, and does not offer foregone conclusions or rigid hypotheses other than the relevance of the conversation itself.

Lapdogs of the Bourgeoisie will present a collaborative project with a number of practitioners that scrutinise their own positions, bias and gaze within the hierarchy of cultural production. It will seek to identify the impact class has in the field - from artists, through to curators, institutions, audiences and decision makers in mainstream art. The exhibition will contain work in various media, including photography, texts, performance, video and sculpture.

The exhibition is accompanied by a programme of events and film screenings.

There is a free discussion event initiated by Annika Eriksson We are not who you think we are / who can afford to be an art worker on Fri 1 May, 5pm - 6pm before the exhibition preview.

Supported by the Goethe Institut, the Swiss Cultural fund in Britain and pro helvetia (Swiss Arts Council).

Curated by Nav Haq, Exhibition Curator, Arnolfini and Tirdad Zolghadr.

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Lapdogs of the Bourgeoisie
Kuratoren: Nav Haq, Tirdad Zolghadr

Künstler: Neil Cummings (Marysia Lewandowska & Neil Cummings), Annika Eriksson, Dirk Fleischmann / Michele Di Menna, Chris Evans, Liam Gillick, San Keller, Hassan Khan, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Marion von Osten, Anup Mathew Thomas.