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Exchange Value: Susan Silton

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LAND’s Exchange Value Exhibition
Susan Silton presents Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time

“Music serves for us as a conduit to the ineffable,” French composer Olivier Messiaen once said. In this unsettling time of political and social uncertainty, Susan Silton’s presentation of the composer’s Quartet for the End of Time suggests the power of music to capture nature, social/political upheaval, the breadth of humanity, and the significance of reframing artistic works from the past in order to reflect on the present. In such times, music can perhaps elicit, identify, or explain the full range of emotions when words alone seem to fail.

In 1939, at the onset of WWII, Messiaen was drafted into the French Army, and was eventually captured and imprisoned as a POW in Stalag VIII A, at Görlitz, Germany. It was here, on January 15, 1941, in the camp's theater barrack and amidst bitter cold, that Messiaen’s composition, Quartet for the End of Time (Quatour pour la fin du Temps), first premiered to an audience of prisoners and German prison guards.

Multidisciplinary artist Susan Silton felt compelled to present Quartet soon after the 2016 US Presidential election. Citing the alarming connections between past and present conditions, Silton has referred to the work’s “sense of urgency as well as its mournful acceptance—the coexistence of resistance and resignation, anger and calm.” Silton’s staging of the work is sited in the heart of downtown Los Angeles’ thriving art district—an area that has itself been a contested site for issues of displacement, gentrification, and invisibility.


EXCHANGE VALUE

Silton’s project debuts LAND's Exchange Value, a multi-site group exhibition comprised of installations, performances, and interactive events that will activate and link various locations and communities throughout Downtown Los Angeles. The exhibition will consider concepts of value and exchange: the ways in which objects and experiences are assigned value, how value is denoted/connoted, and the social transaction of beliefs, cultures, and commodities. Exchange Value will use site-specific projects - presented over time and space - as a vehicle to navigate the current evolution of Downtown LA, while exploring broader social concepts such as social justice, value of culture, displacement, local and national politics, gentrification, and more. The artists participating in Exchange Value are: Olga Koumoundouros, Ivan Navarro/Courtney Smith, Alison O’Daniel, and Susan Silton.

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