The Install Situation


October 18 – November 17

SITE Sharp Gallery



I Chien Chen and Che Pai

Contributing Artists

Pheobe Chen, Rob Croll, Chia Chun Huang, Mallory Qiu, Alejandra Ramos, Jonas Sun, Ricardo Vilas Freire, Jenny Le, Yixiao Yao, zhuyan ye

Exhibition Statement as Preserved in the SUGS/SITE Archives:

The Install Situation considers the supporting structures of contemporary exhibition-making. In an unfolding process of installation and de-installation, the exhibition investigates the gallery space as a site of invisible labor and artistic production.

Throughout the duration of the show, ensemble members are instructed to apply installation techniques learned during boot camp training. They engage with gallery inventories and participate in tasks typically handled by installation technicians. This extended installation process transforms performance into an act of collective care toward the gallery space, its inventory, and its dedicated staff. By constructing situations that foreground the peripheries of the white cube, the project seeks to initiate a dialogue on labor in the art world.


October 18, 3:30-6:00 PM
SITE Sharp

Lecture Performance

November 16, 5:00-6:00 PM


Exhibition Material

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