LAURA MALACART

SPEAK ROBERT

Tate Modern, 2017 (Installation, 2 double channel videos, black board, table and chair)

I was invited to participate to an academic collaboration and exhibition to respond to a brief on what is given priority

when it comes to contemporaneity and subjectivity.   My enquiry led me to investigate the historical context underpinning the birth

of the first Western corporation and therefore the idea that economy and corporate capital have an overriding effect on identity politics.


To Speak Robert is to create a space for critical enquiry, that in this instance also teaches the public a short Chinese syllabus.

Speak Robert is framed according to contemporary and historical references including the role of Robert Fortune in the East India Company and that of Matt Damon as the protagonist of The Great Wall.

The work evolves into its following iteration at the Venice Biennale (Artists’ Pavilion) that utilises distinct media and focuses the historical context.

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