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OPENINGS: FLANNERY SILVA

FLANNERY SILVA MAKES COVERS. That is, she takes already-extant cultural works, whether they be songs or signifiers, and adapts these pieces of media into cover versions—music, sculptures, digital-print collages, or labyrinthine websites that bear hazy traces of a beloved original. The act of creating a cover is different from appropriation. While appropriation is a crisp or violent steal, a repurposed excision or theft from a culture, a cover can oscillate wildly. It may be the poor performance—made degraded and lossy through a translation of one personal expression into another—or a joyful burlesque. In a cover, the wrong key can become the new key, the kind of special tone that might only be hearable to the ears of the right dog. It is, in other words, an act of piling on, and love. Crucially, Silva’s covers are also literally covers. Which is to say, they

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