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For Freedoms is the first artist-run super PAC (political action committee), and is currently presenting an exhibition of art that inspires deeper political engagement in the 2016 American presidential election. On view now through July 29 at Jack Shainman Gallery’s 24th street location (dubbed the For Freedoms headquarters), the exhibited artworks will then be transformed into advertisements and positioned nationwide on billboards, as well as print and digital media spaces as a form of public “gallery.”
Co-founded by artist Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman, the exhibition remains faithful to many of the political themes raised in their respective work; notably governing social structures such as race, popular culture, and advertising. The show’s fundamental goal is to raise awareness of the impact of money on our political system and ultimately question the notion of “freedom” in the related contexts of art and politics within the current decisive timing for the country.
“Our mission is to use the super PAC apparatus to encourage new forms of critical discourse surrounding the 2016 presidential election,” Gottesman said.
Artists involved include Wyatt Gallery, Joeonna Bellorado-Samuels, Michelle Woo, and Albert James Ignacio, to name a few.
The long list of included artists have been selected for their ability to promote real exchange of ideas that is inclusive of all voices, and approaches politics as a form of civic service. “We believe it’s time for artists to become more involved in the political process,” said Thomas.
The show will be on view during gallery hours, Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 6pm.