Portrait of Jacqueline Mabey by Michael Mandiberg.
“I’ve been personally deadlifting 20-year old televisions into place, and thinking about the glamorous life of the curator while doing it.”
“Contemporary art is a social industry. Who you know and whom you have access to is currency.”
Too often, actual labor is swept under the carpet, redefined as a “labor of love” or “passion project.”
View of Máret Ánne Sara, Pile o’ Sápmi, 2017, during installation at documenta 14, 2017. Photo by Candice Hopkins.
“Curators, like artists, are working well below the minimum wage.”
Installation view of Michelle Grabner's floor at the Whitney Biennial 2014. Courtesy of the Whitney Museum of American Art.
“You have the concentration of power and wealth in a few people—and then there’s everybody else.”
Cover image: ANDREA PATTARO/AFP/Getty Images.