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Ode to Institutional Critique

Khanya Mashabela

1993 - Present

Ode to Institutional Critique

2018.
Video, audio
5 minutes 6 seconds
Video still

Ode to Institutional Critique (2018) is a love/hate letter to contemporary art institutions, as well as an exploration of the act of writing about and reviewing contemporary art. The work attempts to distort the perhaps overly intimate relationships that exist among art professionals. The artwork positions the institution as an estranged lover and includes the viewer in the writing process, while also distancing the institution and the viewer through the ambivalent, sometimes sardonic, robotic voice of Emma (British English), the digital text-to-speech reader.

The work is featured in the exhibition, The Main Complaint (2018 – 2019).