NADA Curated by Itzel Vargas Plata

Image of artwork titled "TRASHED: Papaya Dog" by Ivan Sikic

Ivan Sikic, TRASHED: Papaya Dog, 2021
12 × 16 inches
1/3 + 2 AP

Iván Sikic’s "Trashed" is a series of site specific interventions where Sikic transforms ordinary garbage in New York City into golden monuments by spray painting them gold. The work invites viewers to reconsider their relationship with the waste they create and its consequences on the environment. By painting the trash gold, Sikic aims to highlight the stark difference between the perceived value of gold and the disregard we typically show towards waste, which just as gold, has shaped societies, geographies and economies. The series serves as a striking commentary on our unsustainable relationship with waste and the environment.

Sikic’s work showcases different forms of resistance and sparks dialogue about urgent global problems while holding on to the hope of a better world.



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