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Cécile Ibarra

Born in 1984 in Tarbes (France)
Lives in Brussels

250 cols bleus. 2010. Installation. Textile. Courtesy of the artist

Paradoxically in a moment where the economical world is positioned in its most powerful and important place up to date it shows the most minimal presence and engagement in taking on social responsibilities. For 250 cols bleus Ibarra draws on the art of needlecraft to make visible the energy and labour required for the production of an object. The practical uselessness of her blue collars (never to be sewn onto shirts) shifts attention away from the values of the objects themselves and towards the physical process of their production. By producing all of the collars herself Ibarra alludes to the repetitive and labour-intensive nature of factory work. She makes visible the manual work that both Western art history and contemporary global capitalism tend to de-emphasise, interrogating the notion of "work" in every sense of the word.

Cécile Ibarra

July 2, 2014

On June 24 and 25, 4th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art began. 3069 applications by artists under 35 from 84 countries of the world were submitted for the competition, which lasted from November 2013 through March 2014. David Elliott, Artistic Director of the Biennale, proposed the motto A Time for Dreams as the general theme, and curated the main Biennale project, which presented works by 83 artists from 32 countries of the world.

June 17, 2014

The educational program of the Biennale, curated by Antonio Geusa and coordinated by Ekaterina Razdumina, is entitled Wise Advice, and aims at helping young artists to find answers to various questions that concern their creative growth and career development.