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On September 9th 2022, 7-10 pm, Matt Kyba will launch his curated exhibition, What’s the Value of a Dollar?, featuring work by Tiffany Jaeyeon Shin, Patrice Renee Washington, Shellie Zhang, Sean Weisgerber, GTA Collective, and Chester Vincent Toye.
“What’s the Value of a Dollar? invites 6 artists and collectives to examine how profit-driven entities have historically exploited and dominated societies, communities, and bodies. Using video, installation, photography, and painting, the exhibition enfolds complex matrices of racial politics, socio-economic (dis)parity, and political agency to argue that North American economies not only exist, but flourish through marginalizing their own consumers and workforce. Capitalist frameworks feed off of subjugated bodies to reinforce economically productive hierarchies of race, culture, gender, and affluence. The exhibition’s title questions how monetary capital is traded and valued against ethical, cultural, and physical sacrifice. Included works employ capitalistic visual language, which acts in protest against market-based economies. Research-based approaches are utilized to historically map capitalism’s reliance on the communities it targets and marginalizes. What’s the Value of a Dollar? argues there cannot be ethical consumption and production under capitalism, and offers ways to reclaim agency by co-opting corporate tactics and language historically used to disenfranchise.”
Opening: September 9, 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Artist Talk: Exhibiting artist Sean Weisgerber, September 9, 7:00pm (ASL provided)
Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 12-5 pm
About Matt Kyba: Matthew Kyba is the current Curator of Contemporary Art for the Ministry of Culture & Tourism (Columbus, OH). Recent curated exhibitions include both singular and touring projects at Museum London, The Ottawa Art Gallery, The Art Gallery of Hamilton, The Winnipeg Art Gallery, and multiple contemporary art spaces across Canada.