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Investment Piece

A performance by artist Yoi Kawakubo, purchasing a share and a voting right of a bank in UK and demand a less profit targeted policy.

Investment Piece

A performance by artist Yoi Kawakubo, purchasing a share and a voting right of a bank in UK and demand a less profit targeted policy.

£26
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, August 2 2018 11:00 PM UTC +00:00

About

My name is Yoi Kawakubo. I am an artist and for this project I am planning a conceptual work.

This project is a part of the exhibition I/body/ghost currently on at the gallery Yamamoto Keiko Rochaix in Whitechapel, London.

 In this conceptual work, I plan to source funds to purchase shares of a bank company (HSBC Bank plc*) at the London Stock Exchange, and acquire voting rights in the shareholder meetings. Then I will attend to the shareholders meeting and demand or vote for a policy that lowers the profits.

This is an act that based on works of conceptual artists in the 1960s and 70s, such as Lee Lozano, Dan Graham or Les Levine, that explored the financial realm as area for artistic investigation, but goes further to a more critical stance, being an action with direct social impact, a practice aimed to create a more even and fair world. Corporate profits are usually aimed for the investors, and means more capital back to the capitalists, not to customer (as budget cuts are made in order to produce more profits) nor to the employees (as salary is kept as low as possible for the corporate profits to be high). This time I aim to purchase a share, and instead of requesting more dividends and profits, I plant to ask for less dividends for shareholders and more benefits to employees and customers.

Note: HSBC Bank plc is the British corporation recording the highest profits in the financial sector for year 2016.

Risks and challenges

In case the funding is not reached, I plan to continue with my own funds.

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