On President's Day, Ten Artists On The 2016 Election
Ryder Ripps, Real (2016). Courtesy BOFFO.
In a prescient venture to catalog reactions to the political climate leading up to the 2016 presidential election, the New York-based nonprofit BOFFO, founded by architect Faris Al-Shathir and MoMA PS1's director Klaus Biesenbach, invited artists in their network to submit works regardless of their political leanings. On President's Day, the resulting project, "In Politics We Trust," couldn't hold more resonance.
"BOFFO hopes to create a nation-wide dialog about the upcoming election and political climate in America by giving artists a platform to share their thoughts," a statement from March 23, 2016 reads on Facebook. "Not only on the candidates, but also the many important issues facing our country at this time."
From Ryder Ripps's Real (2016), in which an image of a young Bernie Sanders from 1963 being carted by police officers at an anti-segregation protest resurfaces, to Sven Barth's Position E (2016), which critiques political complacencies surrounding the election, the submissions came rolling in, with artists spinning their own "campaign posters" on hot-button issues.
Below, we revisit a few of our picks.
Craig Hunter, please swipe again (2016). Courtesy BOFFO.
Honig Peregrine, WE DON'T CARE (2016). Courtesy BOFFO.
Patrick Martinez, Pay The Cost To Get A Job (2016). Courtesy of BOFFO.
Orlando de la Garza, Amexica (2016). Courtesy BOFFO.
Timothy Wehrle, Antiques Roadshow (2016). Courtesy BOFFO.
Amir H. Fallah, Uncle Sam God Damn (2016). Courtesy BOFFO.
Claw Money, My Body, My Choice (2016). Courtesy BOFFO.
Jordan Eagles, Blood Equality: I AM A MAN WHO HAS HAD SEX WITH ANOTHER MAN IN THE PAST YEAR (2016). Courtesy BOFFO.
Sven Barth, Position E (2016). Courtesy BOFFO.