In the transfer of critical art from a zone of intervention to a zone of reception, a gap seems to arise. This gap seems to be very similar to the division between labor and profit in other globalized industries. Art may expose the need for change in Nigeria or Peru, but in the end it brings opportunity, beauty, and real estate value to Berlin-Mitte, or Chelsea and the Lower East Side in New York.
Eight hundred kilometers upstream from Kinshasa, on the river Congo, the Institute for Human Activities mobilizes the modalities of art production and launches a five-year Gentrification Program.
Renzo Martens is an artist who lives in Brussels. His work was shown at Tate Modern, The Berlin Biennial, Stedelijk Museum, Van Abbemuseum, as well as on TV.