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Institutional gender
From Hans Haacke’s Systems Theory to Andrea Fraser’s feminist economies
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This chapter looks at a development within institutional critique as bracketed by the work of Hans Haacke and Andrea Fraser, and highlights their interest in art as a site of social interaction. A fundamental Marxist critique of the political economy shows that money does not produce value only abstract labor can produce value. The chapter then focuses on the connection made by Fraser between the personal and the financial transaction. For the curators to place Haacke's institutional critique into an exhibition concerned with the influences of post-structuralism and psychoanalytic discourses on art was to interpret gender as a type of 'institution'. Descriptions of art from the general catalogue were intercut with civic documents, and reform and philanthropist theory, especially descriptions of the poor. The chapter examines the social relations of the work, and observes its hybridisation of conceptualist and feminist strategies.

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