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Révéler par l’art les enjeux politiques et matériels de l’économie : la monnaie, la dette, le profit et la valeur vus à travers les matières premières dans trois performances de Marta Minujín (1985, 1996, 2017)

Abstract : This thesis revisits a number of major economic themes through an in-depth analysis of three works of art. It seeks to interrogate the prevailing conception of the contemporary economy as an abstract domain detached from political concerns—a conception commonly found in art historical texts. The first chapter of this thesis reassesses the definition of the economy. I identify a set of theoretical principles that serve to legitimate the idea that economic objectives are neutral. In the second chapter, I build a theoretical framework at the crossroads of several bodies of thought in the social sciences and humanities, in view of putting forward a renewed conception of the economy, anchored in political and material considerations. I then turn to my analysis of three performances by Argentinian artist Marta Minujín. Taking a cue from the artist's approach, I use raw materials as a prism of analysis and reflection. I combine novel comparative analyses of works of art with a fresh re-examination of key moments in the history of capitalism, drawing on recent literature on world-systems analysis and ecological economics, among others. I also present extensive reflections on a number of important economic concepts, namely money, debt, profit and value. In so doing, I expose the polysemic nature of Minujín’s performances and highlight their capacity to reveal recurring political, territorial and material dynamics undergirding the economy. I explore the ways in which Minujín’s works overturn the traditional hierarchy of economic subordination all the while revealing its historical roots and present-day manifestations. Lastly, I show how Marta Minujín’s performances highlight and challenge the consensual deals and arrangements that guarantee economic profit-making.
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Raphaelle Occhietti. Révéler par l’art les enjeux politiques et matériels de l’économie : la monnaie, la dette, le profit et la valeur vus à travers les matières premières dans trois performances de Marta Minujín (1985, 1996, 2017). Art et histoire de l'art. Institut d'études politiques de Paris - Sciences Po; Université de Montréal, 2020. Français. ⟨NNT : 2020IEPP0031⟩. ⟨tel-03662425⟩

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