#MAKEAMERICAGREATAGAIN Takes on Politics at Whitebox

Artist Maria Aiolova next to her work
Artist Maria Aiolova next to her work

The moment you step into the White Box- one thing’s for sure. It is right Out-Of-The-Box. Very much mainstream- yet it pulls the strings of your subconscious and leaves your imagination land-locked in thinking mode. What personifies the entire showcase was how the human anthropology requires quick measures to contribute and quantify in the curated direction of future. Adjustment is the need of the hour, and it must happen before it’s too late.

Curated by Raul Zamudio and Juan Puentes / Co-curated by Blanca de la Torre, the artworks showcased during the exhibition were rather unpredictable for average art fan. They covered the themes of war, aggression, violence and agony in the formats that will leave durable effect on your memory. Your entire taste for talent will definitely reboot after embracing them. This is a permanent effect and a sure rebel with a cause.

You will know and sense the voice of social awakening in an extremely assertive setting with no holds barred sort of attitude. The artists targeted various social deformities from across the globe and how it effects the culture with despondency and disbelief. Each artwork carried a sense of purpose and was anything but abstract. Pacifist to the core- the themes visualized the aftermaths of violations and how humans and humanist serve it psychologically with deep-rooted scars that are carried forward to generations as forced and imposed acceptance.

The crowd at the opening
The crowd at the opening
(L-R) Curators Raul Zamudio and Juan Puntes
(L-R) Curators Raul Zamudio and Juan Puentes

Whistle-blowing and informative with an artistic elegance- many artworks just used very direct and non-passive approach to jolt your thought process, leaving you wondering what went wrong and why it could be too late to fix it all. The exhibition was conducted on a red pick-up truck (symbolic in some way) in the center of the floor- that held the projectors sharing the footage from atrocities world over in the past, and that demand correction from public at large.

All in all, White Box’s recent exhibition was about deconstructionism and reforming it all in the right direction but creating awareness among general public with an artistic slant. You could witness free-thinkers and libertarians all over the place- buzzing and humming the incredible effect they carried in their perception as a result of this artistic plunge.

Participating artists:

Mac Premo + Duke Riley | Louise Fishman | Regina Jose Galindo | Kyle Goen | Federico Solmi | Ivan Navarro | Cris Gianakos | James Hyde | Jaishri Abichandani | Conrad Atkinson | Isaac Aden | ANVIL Collective | Luis Alonzo Barkigia | Majeed Benteeha | Terry Berkowitz | Hans Breder | Blue Noses | Alberto Borea | Robert Boyd | Juanli Carrion | Paolo Cirio | Tony Conway | Joseph DeLappe | Dread Scott | Eduardo Gil | Mathew Grenier | Glenn Goldberg | Pablo Helguera | Richard Humann | Samuel Jablon | Juan Lazaro + Jevijoe Vitug | Alexander Kosolapov | Teresa Margolles | Ferran Martin | Susana Pilar Delahante Matienzo | Mary Mattingly | Yusef Merhi | Igor Molochevski | Jamie Martinez | Robert Priseman | Fariden Sakhaeifar | PS3* | Joaquin Segura | Vitaly Komar | Edgar Serrano | Elliott Sharp | Wolodymyr Starosolsky | Quintin Rivera Toro | Terreform ONE | Wojtek Ulrich | Ruben Verdu | Roberto Visani | Johan Wahlstrom | Jordan Weber | Roger Welch | Hans Winkler | Irena Lagator Pejovic | Antonio De La Rosa and more…

Curated by Raul Zamudio and Juan Puntes / Co-curated by Blanca de la Torre

#MAKEAMERICAGREATAGAIN at Whitebox

Feb – 1 to Feb 21

329 Broome Street, NYC

 

Writing by Atif A K

Vincent Zambrano looking at the work.
Vincent Zambrano looking at the work.
Opening night for #makeamericagreatagain
Opening night for #makeamericagreatagain
Artist Top Ferran with his sculptural fire, a timeless tradition from his native Valencia, Spain.
Artist Top Ferran with his sculptural fire, a timeless tradition from his native Valencia, Spain.
Curator and Director of Whitebox taking a shot at the Donald Trump Piñata.
Curator and Director of Whitebox taking a shot at the Donald Trump Piñata.
There was a Donald Trump Piñata and this is what was left of it.
There was a Donald Trump Piñata and this is what was left of it.

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Atif A K

Atif A K

Atif A K is a New York based copywriter, film maker and poet. He has been on international advertising circuit since last 17 years working with leading ad networks and Fortune 500 brands. He is an avid art follower and has been writing poetry for over a decade. His poems often cover themes of romance, psychological darkness, universalism and humor.

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