been thinking a lot about art at the macro. coca-cola uses advertising not to increase its market share, but to prevent its competitors from buying more ads (and therefore, exposure). i’ve felt the commercial interests that prop up the art & entertainment markets in the united states have been using this tactic for some time now. all the diverse casts or tales of overcoming obstacles have created no meaningful change: simply opening up the doors of competition in entertaining to a larger crowd.
all this does, in the end, is reinforce the established hierarchies. capitalism that lets in a few more women / BIPOC is still capitalism. while these stories deserve to be told, the larger business model of ‘let us publish your trauma that the economic system we support created’ is kind of sick. the omnipresence of celebrity, or its ugly cousin ‘influencer,’ is still working hard to keep any ideas of how people could exist within a culture that isn’t run as a business first out of the general public view.
in an era of media control, reality takes place in what is not broadcast.
that being said, i’m still glad the galleries are open again.