Zanny Begg
Antrepo No.3

Born in 1972, Sydney. Lives in Sydney.

Zanny Begg is an artist, activist and writer who produces individual and collaborative works dealing with the politics of space in its physical and social manifestations, and explores the impact of globalised capitalism on everyday livelihoods in specific localities.
"It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest." This quotation from Treat (or Trick) (2009) is taken from Adam Smith, 'the father of modern economics', whose economic theory, known as the 'invisible hand principle', advocated a market economy based on self-interested actions, which would supposedly result in the growth of general welfare. Treat (or Trick) combines animations and drawings in an installation commenting on commodity fetishism and fictions, the omnipresent nature of capital and its spectacular performative acts that search for maximum profits. The mask of the White Hare, the iconic popular character featured in the film, is a metaphor for the tricks and illusions of capitalism, and the main character of the narrative is the illusionist Mr Invisible Hands, i.e. the capitalist system itself. By playing with the 'Trick (or Treat)' custom of children calling at houses at Halloween, the artist refers to the fiction of free market self-regulation. Regardless of the fact that his audience is larger than ever, Mr Invisible Hands is in trouble, as 'he has run out of new tricks' - a clear allusion to the long-term consequences of the pervading global economic policies that have led to the current financial crisis.