This fall, the Mission’s IcTus Gallery will be converted into a salon where the public will be welcomed to receive conceptual beauty treatments that respond to the invisible suffering borne out of fiscal inequity and economic unfairness.
The Feminist Economics Department (FED) is the physical manifestation of the hope for a different, non-monetary value system for labor. Projects undertaken by the department endeavor to show deep support for workers who experiment with ways to provide mutual support without the exchange of money. BEAUTY SALON is an intervention into the industry that inflicts high priced violence on the body in pursuit of beauty and replaces this ‘service’ with rituals that honor truth as beautiful.
BEAUTY SALON will use the physical and discursive connection of a ‘makeover’ as a way to deal with the buried shame experienced by those who feel abandoned or abused by contemporary economics. In the intimate environment of the salon, the Feminist Economics Department will host local artists in short-term residencies as ‘Beauticians,’ offering the public beauty treatments, which will offer new ways to ‘confront inequity’.
Appointments are welcome but not required. To make an appointment, or if you are interested in becoming a FED beautician, letters of inquiry may be sent to FeministEconomicsDepartment@gmail.com
BEAUTY SALON’s Senior Beautician, Cassie Thornton, graduated from California College of the Arts with an MFA in Social Practice. Her long-term interest in economics and the unconscious is once again coupled with her unrivalled manicure skills. She has recently returned to the Bay Area from New York City, where her recent practices have included vocal orchestration of financial graphs, collective bank touching, and personal debt visualization services. Over the years, her work has been widely presented in both cities; including at The Flux Factory, Elizabeth Foundation Project Space, The Kitchen, and MoMA in the East, and SoEX, Wattis Institute, Small Press Traffic, and SF MoMA in the West. She is a proud member of Strike-Debt in NYC, and is Artist in Residence at the Labor Archives at San Francisco State University beginning this fall. www.cassiethornton.com, www.debt-visualizations.tumblr.com, www.physical-debt.tumblr.com www.physical-audit.tumblr.com.