Exchange Values: Images of Invisible Lives Opening talk

“We are standing in an art gallery, participating in a process whose contours are familiar to many of us, almost ritualised, in fact: “the opening of an exhibition”. The invitation to the opening of Exchange Values. Images of invisible lives is careful not to use this terminology – it refers rather to the opening of a “ ‘social sculpture’ project” – but to us as we stand here, the way Shelley Sacks characterises her work seems less determining of what is happening than the fact that we’re in this gallery environment, waiting for the speeches to be over so that we can look at works displayed on the walls, exhibited for us…”

– Karen Press



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