Claire Fontaine, Please Come Back, 2007, white fluorescent tubes, wall mounted or free standing on scaffolding frame, 570 7/8 x 59 1/16".


Claire Fontaine: Economies

Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami
770 NE 125th Street
June 2–August 22, 2010

Curated by Ruba Katrib

Claire Fontaine is not just a conspicuously feminine name for an artists’ collaboration. “She” cannot be mistaken for a woman, because she is already something else: a brand of French notebook, more ready-made than fictional character. Since 2004, Fontaine has, with her Paris-based “assistants,” Fulvia Carnevale and James Thornhill, produced textual and object-based inquiries into the legacies of the left, most explicitly May ’68 and Italian movements of the 1970s, in an almost forensic search for the secret freedoms that might be cultivated under capitalism, a search whose tactics they refer to as “human strike”—radical secession from much that comprises contemporary subjecthood (work, consumption, and so-called individuality). The artist’s first-ever retrospective features works in various media including smoke, neon, and print, as well as a “moving image toolbox” of Fontaine’s own filmic inspirations.