Ibghy & Lemmens’ art practice investigates the ways in which the economic sciences and the theories of management represent the world. It focuses on the influence of productivist logic on human activity.

This first in-depth exhibition of their work in Canada looks at the internalization of productivity by individuals. The installations, sculptures, videos, and performative projects examine the ways in which the injunction to perform affects the body—actions, thought, attitudes, language—from the point of view of work and life, two spheres that tend to be conflated within a model that many researchers refer to as “cognitive capitalism”.

Produced by the Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery/Concordia University. Also presented at Owens Art Gallery, Mount Alison University, January 20 to March 12 2017

Richard Ibghy & Marilou Lemmens title of work: Each Number Equals One Inhalation and One Exhalation (Detail), installation and mixed media, 2016. photo credit: Paul Litherland

Richard Ibghy & Marilou Lemmens title of work: Is there anything left to be done at all? Multi-channel video installation, sound and mixed media, 2014. photo credit: Paul Litherland