Sep 10th 2022

Fear of Property


5811 S Ellis Ave, Cobb Hall, 4th Fl, Chicago, IL 60637

Opening Saturday, September 10th, from 3PM - 5PM

On view through Sunday, November 6th

Property: something protected or shared or forcefully taken, something gained or lost or desired or savored. Private property plays a role in well-being, some philosophers have argued, but it’s also been the basis for centuries of exploitation, as history has shown. Either way, so much has come to rest on this concept. It’s an abstract idea that shapes concrete reality in profound ways, shadowed by questions of who owns what, and why, and the friction of public and private interests. As time goes by, property also comes in many different forms: some are physical, others increasingly intangible, some deeply familiar and others leading toward unknown horizons.

Fear of Property develops out of ongoing conversations with artists around these ideas, various related histories and emerging futures, and a range of lived experiences in between. The exhibition also gradually builds on the intuition that property organizes not only social and economic relations, but dimensions of emotional l­ife today as well. The works on view have their own unique contours of feeling as such, even as they draw out concerns around ownership and agency, land or technology, caretaking and loss, cultural erasure and acts of reclamation, financial speculation, and more. And some of them might hint at ways of being in the world that aren’t framed in terms of “property” at all.

Curated by Karsten Lund.

Image: Pedro Neves Marques, The Pudic Relation Between Machine and Plant, 2016 (video still), Courtesy of the artist.

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