The Prick up your Ears group exhibition at Los Angeles’ Karma International, opened August 5 and ran to September 9, 2017.
Curated by Taylor Trabulus, the show featured work by 17 artists and collectives, including Ser Serpas, Stewart Uoo, Janiva Ellis, Kayla Guthrie, DeSe Escobar, Quintessa Matranga, Reba Maybury, Raul de Nieves and more. The press release is a text written by Esra Padgett ruminating on the commodification of subculture and fashionable irony: “I’ve discovered that I look better in cheap clothes…”
Quoting queer theorist José Esteban Muñoz and revolutionary philosopher Frantz Fanon, the piece goes on to identify radical hope in the ‘now-ness’ of the artists and artworks on display, with their origins in a consumable function, while still echoing the sentiment of Fanon’s words, “the prognosis is in the hands of those who are willing to get rid of the worm-eaten roots of the structure.”
The Prick up your Ears group exhibition was on at Karma LA, running August 5 to September 9, 2017.