“I don’t really know how to talk about identity within my work without talking about consumption,” Gina Beavers told curator Olivia Shultz on the eve of her first museum show, The Life I Deserve, now on view at MoMA Ps1. Througha studio visit with MoMA PS1, the artist continued, “I don’t know how to talk about this existence without talking about consumption, and so I think that’s the element in consuming other people’s images. That’s where that’s embedded. We have to start with consumption if we’re going to talk about who we are. That’s the bedrock—especially as an American.”

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