Making America Great Since 1692: Rebecca Goyette’s Ghost Bitch U.S.A.

Installation shot of Rebecca Goyette’s "Ghost Bitch U.S.A." at Freight and Volume.
“Ghost Bitch Altar” by Rebecca Goyette
Installation shot of Rebecca Goyette’s "Ghost Bitch U.S.A." at Freight and Volume.
Installation shot of Rebecca Goyette’s “Ghost Bitch U.S.A.” at Freight and Volume.

At once crude yet intelligent, entertaining yet political, Rebecca Goyette’s summer exhibition at Freight + Volume, Ghost Bitch U.S.A., takes a pornographic poke at our social mores. Conceived in part as a tribute to her ancestor Rebecca Nurse, who was convicted and hanged as a witch in Salem, Goyette constructs the character Ghost Bitch that populates the videos, paintings, drawings and sculptures in the exhibition.

Part witch, part dominatrix, the pronounced sexuality of Ghost Bitch presents a strong feminist argument in the face of the Puritanical prudishness and sexism that stems from early in the country’s history and continues, albeit less stringently, to pervade American society even today.

Artist Rebecca Goyette at the opening.
Artist Rebecca Goyette at the opening.

A highlight of the exhibition, the video aptly entitled Ghost Bitch U.S.A., couples Ghost Bitch with none other than misogynistic, fear-mongering (presumptive) Presidential candidate Donald Trump. We see Trump bound to a tree, allowing Ghost Bitch to have his way with him, ultimately leading up to his castration.

Tasteful? Not really…Effective – Most definitely. Politics aside, this sequence and the exhibition as a whole provides some much-needed levity in the midst of what has proven to be a tense and difficult year. Goyette’s creation Ghost Bitch is, in her own way, an empowering figure, and provides her audience with a perfect mixture of titillation and weightiness to help navigate the many political and feminist challenges we face.

GHOST BITCH MOVIE TRAILER from Rebecca Goyette on Vimeo.

 

Rebecca Goyette: Ghost Bitch U.S.A. at Freight and Volume

Exhibits July 14th – September 11th, 2016

97 Allen St, NYC

Installation shot of Rebecca Goyette’s "Ghost Bitch U.S.A." at Freight and Volume.
Installation shot of Rebecca Goyette’s “Ghost Bitch U.S.A.” at Freight and Volume.
(L-R) Ghost Bitch (I am not Really Dead, Fucker) Taxidermy and Ghost Bitch (I've Died Many Times, YOLO) Taxidermy
(L-R) Ghost Bitch (I am not Really Dead, Fucker) Taxidermy and Ghost Bitch (I’ve Died Many Times, YOLO) Taxidermy
Installation shot of Rebecca Goyette’s "Ghost Bitch U.S.A." at Freight and Volume.
“T-RUMP” by Rebecca Goyette
Close up to one of the pieces in the show.
Close up of “Ghost Bitch: Then is Now” by Rebecca Goyette.
Installation shot of Rebecca Goyette’s "Ghost Bitch U.S.A." at Freight and Volume.
Installation shot of Rebecca Goyette’s “Ghost Bitch U.S.A.” at Freight and Volume.
Installation shot of Rebecca Goyette’s "Ghost Bitch U.S.A." at Freight and Volume.
Installation shot of Rebecca Goyette’s “Ghost Bitch U.S.A.” at Freight and Volume.
Jennifer Wolf

Jennifer Wolf

Jennifer Wolf is an art administrator and writer living in Brooklyn, NY. She has worked in Chelsea galleries since 2010, and holds degrees in art history from Stony Brook University and Hunter College.

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