Emptor is a collective reflection, initiated by Jubilee. Questioning current ways of practicing property with and from within artistic practice, Emptor inhabits the territory revealed throughout Caveat’s research on the contract. Doing so, it actively continues the quest for an ecology of artistic practice.

Reading Room #20: What does it mean to own?

16:00 - 18:00
Meyboom Artist-run Spaces
Boulevard Pachecolaan 34, 1000 Brussels

In the framework of Emptor we invite you to a collective reading and discussion of excerpts from 'La propriété de la terre' by Sarah Vanuxem.

What does it mean to own?

In her work Vanuxem proposes a reinterpretation of the legal notion of property, taking us beyond the division between things-objects and persons-subjects. This division, which is the backbone of our modern law, is perhaps not unrelated to the degradation of natural environments.

Instead of seeking solutions in the attribution of a legal personality to nature, Vanuxem invites us to consider property as a 'faculté d'habitation' (possibility to dwell). An interpretation that focusses on aspects of care and interrelation rather than control and opens new insights on the importance and possibilities to mould the law according to our current situation.

Text in French. Discussions in English and French.

Copies will be provided.

Meyboom Artist-run Spaces, Brussels (ground floor)
Boulevard Pachécolaan 34
1000 Brussels