curated by Raul Zamudio
and Juan Puntes,
co-curated by Blanca de la Torre
WhiteBox, NY, NY
February 1-21, 2016
Opening February 1, 6:00-9:00pm
Joaquin Segura, The Battle of Hamburger Hill, McDonald's cheeseburgers and wrappers, toy U.S. flag, dimensions variable, 2008
#makeamericagreatagain is a group exhibition of diverse media that will run during February and coincide with the initial Democratic and Republican primaries. The exhibition’s title is culled verbatim from Donald Trump’s campaign slogan. Appropriation does not stop there, however, for #makeamericagreatagain thematically rubs up against demagoguery prevalent in the current American social and political landscape and rhetoric espoused by primary candidates to engender fear in the American public.
The appropriated hashtag also serves as curatorial device to further expand the exhibition into social media. The exhibition-viewing public and those not physically present to see the show, will be asked to upload images or texts with the hashtag of #makamericagreatgain onto Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. These contributions will become part of the exhibition and will be interventions into existing social media sites with the same hashtag.
On February 1, Iowa-based artists under the cloak of journalism, will infiltrate the Iowa Republican Caucus and record the event live and transmit in real time via large projector and sound system into WhiteBox.