#rawhope of Artistic Mediation

The following works of art have been inserted into the locus of the turbulent political landscape we find ourselves in today. In times of crisis, the artistic lens scans and illuminates the horizon of a world disordered by the ravages of authoritarianism, cynicism, nationalism, disinformation, climate change, racial violence and numerous other threats to global well-being. These acts represent #rawhope. Share them.

  • #rawhope of reversing climate change
    Western Flag (2017)John Gerard

    Western Flag depicts the site of the ‘Lucas Gusher’ – the world’s first major oil find – in Spindletop, Texas in 1901, now barren and exhausted.

  • #rawhope of privacy
    Sites Unseen (2018)Trevor Paglen

    Sites Unseen blurs the lines between art, science, and investigative journalism to construct unfamiliar and at times unsettling ways to see and interpret the world around us.

  • #rawhope of defusing social media
    Attention (2018)Paulo Cirio

    An intervention in the attention economy of advertising by social media influencers, looking at the language of the photographic medium on Instagram.

  • #rawhope of truth
    Temporary Monuments (2018)LigoranoReese

    LigoranoReese installed a 2500 pound ice sculpture of the word Truth on the National Mall in front of the U.S. Capitol as it melted away.

  • #rawhope of biopolitical awareness
    Epicurean Endocrinology (2018)Liz Flyntz & Byron Rich

    Epicurean Endocrinology uses food and vernacular cooking to examine the intersections of food production and endocrine disruptors as they relate to biopolitics.

  • #rawhope of surviving technological abuse
    Shadow Stalker (2018)Lynn Hershman

    Shadow Stalker gives visitors a chilling sense of their own vulnerability to data-mining when entering the installation: fetching biographical data, names of friends, loved ones, before spitting out a data shadow.

  • #rawhope of open borders
    Border Tuner (2019)Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

    Border Tuner is a large-scale, participatory art installation designed to interconnect the cities of El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua.

  • #rawhope of gender equality
    The Game:The Game (2019)Angelo Washko

    The Game:The Game is a feminist video game presenting an exploration of consent and the politics, tactics and practices of the male pick-up artist and seduction community.

  • #rawhope of corporate responsibility
    Triple-Chaser (2019)Forensic Architecture

    Forensic Architecture’s submission for the 2019 Whitney Biennial included an extensive investigation into the use of tear gas and bullets manufactured by companies led by Warren Kanders, a Whitney Museum vice chair.

  • #rawhope of private or public
    My Little Big Data (2019)Eva & Franco Mattes

    My Little Big Data is a reflection on the insoluble link between public and private life, on the idea of privacy, on the invisible traces that we unknowingly disseminate in the network every time we connect.

  • #rawhope of halting climate change
    Ghost Forest (2020)Maya Lin

    Ghost Forest is a towering grove of spectral cedar trees that brings into focus the consequences and ravages of climate change on woodlands around the world.

  • #rawhope of subverting surveillance
    Tracking Transience v2.2 (2020)Hasan Elahi

    Hasan Elahi performs 24/7 tracking of his geo-spatial coordinates as an act of self-espionage, giving up his data as a subversive performance that engages and critiques issues of surveillance and privacy.