Day After Debt
Natascha Sadr Haghighian
November 23 , 2014 / April 12, 2015
Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University and Protocinema.
Troubled by the rampant debt culture that has developed around higher education in the United States, Kurdish artist Ahmet Öğüt has enlisted leading contemporary artists to produce imaginative responses to this crisis and the pressures it places upon graduates. Presented jointly by the Broad MSU and the Istanbul-based art organization Protocinema, Day After Debt comprises a series of sculptures designed and produced by Öğüt, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Dan Perjovschi, Martha Rosler, SUPERFLEX, and Krzysztof Wodiczko. Located in interstitial spaces throughout the museum, these sculptures function as collection points for public contributions to The Debt Collective, a student-debt canceling initiative launched by Strike Debt’s Rolling Jubilee. In addition to alleviating debt, this collective creates a platform that aims to offer those struggling to repay student loans more possibilities for organization, advocacy, and resistance.
Day After Debt is organized by the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University and is curated by Mari Spirito, Founding Director of Protocinema.
Support for this exhibition is provided by SAHA, Istanbul; Haro Cumbusyan; Bilge Öğüt; Marty and Rebecca Eisenberg; and the Broad MSU’s general exhibitions fund.
As part of the project, in collaboration with art lawyer, Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento, Öğüt developed a Letter of Agreement between the artists and potential future owners, by way of Protocinema, to raise funds for the Debt Collective.
Special thanks to Pelin Tan, Koray Duman, and Laura Hanna and Christopher Casuccio from Strike Debt. Strike Debt