Bidding War: Ivana Dizdar & Alvin Luong

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Bidding War
Ivana Dizdar & Alvin Luong
Co-Presented by the Images Festival

April 8 - 29, 2017

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 8, 7-10PM*
Artist Talk & Workshop: Saturday, April 15, 2-4:30PM

1345 Morningside Avenue, a Scarborough strip mall, has been listed 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.

With text by Marina Fathalla.

There will be a free shuttle bus departing St. George Station in Toronto for the opening reception of Bidding War on April 8 at 7pm. For more details and to reserve your spot, visit

Bidding War was made possible by the Ontario Arts Council - Conseil des arts de l'Ontario and programming support has been provided by the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council and ArtReach Toronto.

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