We live in a global culture, where mobility, accessibility, and the new command our attention. With little sense of place or roots to hold to, appropriation becomes the agency with which we engage the world. Our identities are no longer centered on heritage, patriotism, or family, and now exist as a self-made framework from the particular narrative strands we have chosen to surround ourselves with.
Curation in its contemporary form is appropriation. Much like we create our identities, curators select and place artists’ work in order to present their own stories or narratives. The context in which an artwork is viewed has now become just as important and relevant as the artwork itself. The appropriation of artists has now been replaced by the appropriation of the curator.
This exhibition presents itself as a curation or appropriation of the curators’ placed or created contexts. Though the curators of the exhibitions we have appropriated from have different narratives and contexts they seek to communicate, we wish to create our own narrative of placelessness from these contexts. The work of art, perhaps like the rest of us, is now a transient member of society, seeking to construct its identity around itself.