Bernadette Corporation: 2000 Wasted Years

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Hiding behind a logo and name with the word corporation in it, Bernadette Van-Huy, John Kelsey and Antek Walczak, who make up the quasi-subversive art collection Bernadette Corporation have since the mid-90s been running an underground fashion label, creating films, and publishing a magazine. In the summer of 2001, the collective temporarily merged with Le Parti Imaginaire, a faction of post-Situationist militants and intellectuals with links to the burgeoning antiglobalization movement to participate in the riots of the g8 summit. “We call ourselves a corporation because corporations are everywhere, and it impresses people … pretending we are businesspeople while we sleep all day like cats," says the collective. On view this month at the Artist Space in New York, Bernadette Corporation is having its first major retrospective. Bernadette Corporation: 2000 Wasted Years will on view from September 9 to December 16, 2012, at Artist Space, 38 Greene Street, New York