On November 3rd, Americans go to the polls to elect their new president: either Donald Trump or Joe Biden. A pivotal moment in a politically and socially divided country. Kunsthal KAdE has set out to discover what position artists are adopting in these charged times. In the exhibition, This Is America | Art USA Today, almost forty American artists bring the United States to the Netherlands in the form of paintings, photographs, murals, documentation and installations. Their work addresses current issues like identity, city culture, climate change, and ‘Trump’.
A separate section of the exhibition is devoted to the For Freedoms project. Founded in 2016 by artists Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman, For Freedoms organizes gatherings and collaborations aimed at propagating four principal freedoms – freedom of speech, of worship, from want, and from fear – and stimulating civic participation. During the mid-term election season of 2018, the platform launched the 50 State Initiative, in which around 200 artist-designed billboards were erected in the 50 states of the Union. This exhibition features several of the full-size billboards plus a wider selection of designs displayed in a more modest format on the wall of the main gallery.
Billboards For Freedoms by:
Ken Gonzales-Day, Derrick Adams, Sadie Barnette, Zoë Buckman, Paula Crown, Jeremy Dean, Jamila El Sahili, Awol Erizku, Theaster Gates, Jeffrey Gibson, Eric Gottesman, Gran Fury, Guerrilla Girls, Emily Hanako Momohara, JR, Deborah Kass, Imaikalini Kalahele & Cory Taum, Titus Kaphar, Christine Sun Kim, Suzanne Lacy & Anna Ayeroff, Shaun Leonardo, Michelangelo Lovelace, Muna Malik, Susan Meiselas, Marilyn Minter, Aïda Muluneh, Tuan Andrew Nguyen, Kambui Olujimi, Trevor Paglen, Gordon Parks, Ronald Real & Virginia San Fratello, Jim Ricks, Jon Rubin, William Scott & David Byrne, Xaviera Simmons, Bayeté Ross Smith, Hank Willis Thomas, Natalie White, Deborah Willis, Wyatt Gallery.
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