Urban Frontier Bench

This artwork masqueraded as an auction on eBay as a part of an exhibition titled #exstrange. Through this piece, I was bringing into question the labor of young people of color in youth arts and humanities programs. Youth programs are often asked to teach their students to be entrepreneurial and generate revenue for themselves and their programmes through selling artwork. This shift reflects the marketisation of the youth arts sector that positions young people as entrepreneurs. By commodifying their learning, these programmes can become entangled in complex racial and market-based logics, including gentrification. I set out to illuminate these logics through this conceptual art project. See the artwork in the archive of the exhibition “#exstrange” at http://exstrange.com/auctions/urban-frontier-bench-the-limited-youth-edition/.