Camilo Godoy’s practice is concerned with the construction of political meanings and histories. Engaging with conceptual, photographic, and choreographic strategies, Godoy analyzes and challenges past and present historical moments to imagine different subversive ways of being. At Open Source Gallery, Debtor includes a series of sculptures in the form of animal branding irons. Each sculpture represents the logo of the four financial institutions that own the artist’s student loan debt, which totals approximately $80,000: Citibank, Firstmark Services, Great Lakes, and Navient. According to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, student debt in the United States currently totals about $1.6 trillion, more than credit card and auto loan debt. Presented on walls painted blue—a color used by Citibank to decorate its branches—Godoy’s sculptures are a metaphor to the ways financial institutions submit people into inescapable debt traps.
Debtor brings together multiple audiences and participants within Open Source Gallery through two public programs. On Tuesday, October 29 at 7pm during the 90th anniversary of the Stock Market Crash on Black Tuesday on October 29, 1929, Godoy will host a conversation with writer Mira Dayal to discuss his practice and the politics of debt. On Saturday, November 16 at 3pm, Godoy will host a financial workshop facilitated by Ela Troyano. In this workshop, artists will have the opportunity to build strategies for financial security. Through this exhibition, Godoy seeks to address debt and its effects on political mobilization, art, morality, sexuality, and joy.