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Opening reception Friday, 2 August from 6 – 10 pm
Marginal Utility is proud to present Contingent Archives, a group exhibition by Philadelphia based artists Jessica Elena Aquino, Vera Lucía Andrade Turner and Hong-Bich Huynh Vernon.
“You can find the entire cosmos in the least remarkable objects.” Wislawa Szymborska
Aquino, Vernon and Turner produce working archives consisting of found objects from their immediate lives and lifeworlds. Found items such as books, clothing, plants, pages from magazines and brochures are used for their communicative, material and aesthetic properties. Official archives are strategic and produced by those with the power to determine dominant discourse. These hierarchical interpretations of history and the present are often from a colonizer’s perspective and employed to generate and reproduce forms of social control. Archives can be constructed tactically as well, enabling individuals to write their own histories and transcribe their underrepresented experiences into narratives and forms of visual communication.