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Volume 1, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 2055-2823
  • E-ISSN: 2055-2831



Examining the controversial art practice of Dutch artist Renzo Martens, this article examines the ‘heart of darkness’ beating within contemporary social practice. Written for a collection of texts on the theme of ‘exchange’ and concentrating on Martens’s most recent project, the Institute for Human Activities (IHA), based on a Congolese plantation, this piece asks what is really exchanged through participation in social art and who really benefits.


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  • Article Type: Article
Keyword(s): participatory art; Renzo Martens; social art; social practice
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