We are pleased to announce that several of Mike's albums are currently on display at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery (Hart House, University of Toronto):

Rightfully Yours, considers performative insertions into daily
activities implicated in the politics and ethics of institutions,
professions, sexuality, and nationalism. The artists included in the
exhibition avoid the theatrical stage, choosing instead the public
realm— a site regulated by laws, cooperation with official structures,
and the suspicions of other civilians. 'Common knowledge' about their
chosen location is subverted through public performance, adopting the
legitimizing power of graphic design, and enhancing the social
function of everyday objects. Sneaking into the Venice Biennial
dressed as a soccer player and challenging visitors to games of skill;
overlooking the Canadian hinterland as rangers examining the sexual
regimentation of scientific knowledge; questioning the right to
represent nationality through the figure of the beauty queen, these
artists dissemble known positions and open them up for reevaluation.

Rightfully Yours, examines the practices, approaches and presentation
models employed by artists who use the transformative qualities of a
'strategic self'. The strategic self is a specific attitude and
working model taken from a lived situation and history. This becomes
the artist's subject and can involve the assumption of the appearance
of professionalism through the adoption of its tropes and infiltration
of organisational structures. These performative actions present an
image critical in understanding the politics, attitudes and divisions
of specific locations.

Artists: Wendy Coburn, Steven Cohen, Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan, Alicia Framis, Alison S.M. Kobayashi, Mingering Mike, Mattias Olofsson, The Yes Men, Camille Turner, Sislej Xhafa, Your private viewing of Borat, Ali G, and Bruno.

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Toronto, Ontario
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