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Katie Hargrave / In Poor Tastes Good

“In Poor Tastes Good” explores the politics and history of sugar, examining moments of bitterness found therein. I focus on the particular history of beet sugar, which was introduced to the US as an abolitionist tactic and is the subject of recent labor struggles in the upper Midwest. Archival materials help me explore the transformation of sugar from sweetness to something else—a sticky mess within which we get stuck. Between metaphor and formalism, between social practice and interactivity, this project pushes the boundaries of my practice while the subject’s boundaries are almost limitless.

This project was commissioned by Northern Lights and the Jerome Foundation as a part of the Art(ists) on the Verge program and shown at the Soap Factory in Minneapolis.

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