Academic Square Cap upside down is SUPERFLEX' response to the student loan crisis and its effects on graduates. The work dismantles the very center of post-grad iconography: the graduation cap. Placed on its square surface the overturned cap serves as an "honor system" money collector and as the most blunt, bitter reminder of the social and economic inequaility of student debt. The vast economic hierarchy set in place is highlighting the irony of the hat being used for collecting money.
The work was originally commissioned for the exhibition “Day after Debt: A Call for Student Loan Relief”, curated by Ahmet Ogut.