We are pleased to announce Barter Auction, the physical exhibition of Barter Company in collaboration with the fishmongers at the Billingsgate Fish Market. It brings the marginalised voices and stories of the fishmongers to centre stage amid the city development of Canary Wharf, as a collective response to the market’s second relocation by 2027. Barter Auction is the second iteration of the Barter Archive, a series of works centred on the experiences of the market and Wong’s growing relationship to the Billingsgate fishmonger community.
Barter Auction is an exploration of power, commerce, and accumulation of capital through a performative auctioning of Billingsgate artworks.The exhibition attempts to utilise the economics of the art world and create artworks that can question capitalist power structures in our society, performing the consumption of memories as a critique of value production and the commodification of memories. Wong will hold an auction performance during the exhibition ‘selling’ her works, encouraging the visitors to reflect on the existing capitalist-consumerist culture and the social impact of gentrification. This ‘auction’ will not be the last, rather marking the beginning of the many auctions in the future as the market continues to be displaced.
Opening & Auction Performance: 5 P.M. 6 November 2021
Exhibition: 12–6 P.M. 6 - 28 November 2021
Location: Crossrail Place Roof Garden, Canary Wharf, London E14 5AB
Venue Support: Canary Wharf Group plc
This project is funded by Art Council of England and Varley Memorial Award 2020.