A GTA strip mall has been listed as for sale. Two parties are bidding for the property, eager to transform the existing units into a single large-scale business. The bidders are: Luong Coyota & Lynxus, a booming car dealership established by business mogul Alvin Luong; and Dizdar Projects, a commercial art gallery founded by high-status Canadian gallerist Ivana Dizdar.Bidding War
, a research-based and site-specific exhibition, comprises photography, sculpture, and a performative two-channel video as its centrepiece. The video follows the rivalry between Luong and Dizdar, detailing the bidding process as well as their corporate ambitions, professional fields, and personal lives. The video also features the individuals’ assistants—Luong’s secretary and Dizdar’s unpaid intern—who have their own stakes, plans, and motivations within the bidding war.
The artists have taken real estate, gentrification, and spatial politics in the GTA as points of departure in creating a humorous meditation on cars, art, institutions, branding, consumerism, capitalism, and labour.
Free bus will be available at St. George Station (West exit, St George Street) at 7pm. Please arrive 15 MIN early to ensure seating. Return time in Scarborough will depart Y+ at 9:30pm. (Travel time expected to be approx. 30 MIN each way)Bidding War
was made possible by the Ontario Arts Council and programming support has been provided by the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council and ArtReach Toronto.