Alfredo Aceto: Builders Supply
20 January11 March 2023




 « We have not heard about the thing to put things in, the container for the thing contained.

That is a new story. » – Ursula K. Le Guin, « The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction » (1986)



When sci-fi feminist writer Ursula K. Le Guin uses the metaphor of the carrier bag to suggest alternative forms of storytelling, she proposes a reversal of standpoints to underline what universal narratives have left out. Instead of heroic exploits, she tells the stories of humans, less spectacular yet just as valuable, favouring the harvesting over the hunting, or the carrier bag over the spear. This symbolic shift of perspective is a good starting point for apprehending the work of artist Alfredo Aceto. Aceto’s exhibition Builders Supply features a space for multiple potentialities, like an unconventional toolbox or a wardrobe where the works reveal themselves as carriers of subversive and distorted messages.


The exhibition Builders Supply originates in DIY construction shops. Since 2015, the artist developed a fascination with related environments while renovating artist Paola Pivi’s house in Alaska. A display of stereotypical masculinity and a supply site