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Renzo Martens

gained international recognition with the films Episode I, 2003, and Episode III: Enjoy Poverty, 2008, which was televised in more than 23 countries. In 2012 he established the Institute for Human Activities and its “reverse gentrification” program in DR Congo. Together with the plantation workers of Cercle d'Art des Travailleurs de Plantation Congolaise, he uses artistic critique to redress economic inequality—not symbolically, but in material terms. Consequently, in 2017, they opened a OMA-designed white cube on a former Unilever plantation.
Other texts by Renzo Martens for DIAPHANES
  • photography
  • contemporary art
  • conversation
  • art theory