February 6—March 6, 2020
Storefronts, targeted advertisements, and online shopping comprise our daily transactional landscape. In the exhibition, WE’RE SORRY, THIS ITEM IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE, artists Maia Chao, Ilana Harris-Babou, and Korallia Stergides assume the guise of a salesperson to consider how we make meaning and ascribe value in such commercial spaces. Working across video and sculpture, they variously employ abject play, affective labor, and hyper-gendered performance to reveal the interplay between object and identity. These familiar spaces then become sites of material desire and messy self-discovery. What comes to the fore in the clamorous solicitation of attention is the absurdity and laboriousness of performing ourselves, and the very aspirations that make us feel valuable.
Curated by Courtney Lynne Carter
Curator Talk & Deep Love Skype Tour Performance
Saturday, February 15th at 4pm
VCAM building, Haverford College
In conjunction with the exhibition WE’RE SORRY THIS ITEM IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE, curator Courtney Lynne Carter will give a brief talk about the exhibit, the artists, and the works in the show. The talk will be followed by a site-specific Skype tour performance entitled Deep Love Celestial Tours : Haverford by exhibited artist Korallia Stergides, performing as her character Deep Love from the exhibited video.
Sponsored by the John B. Hurford ’60 Center for the Arts and Humanities, The Malcolm Baldwin 1962 Fund, and VCAM.