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In Ready for Export, Trevor stages an export clearance area as an inquiry into migratory labour practices among young people. Through paintings of children’s faces within the installation, he evokes a humanity that is often invisible in the transactions of the labour market. Using a palette of copper and gold, Aloka places personified objects and precious metals on pedestals to connect labour as a commodity to how young people view their own value, and what their value is worth to their own country.
Slide Photo Credit: https://klaart.org/showcase-item/trevor-aloka-2/