Babylone - U.S.A.
Curated by Daniel S. Palmer
Selected works from Pratt Institute's Fine Arts MFA Candidates.
Organized by the Pratt Artists' League and the Fine Arts Department.
The Boiler | Pierogi
191 N 14th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249
Opening Reception: April 8th, 7-9pm
On View: April 8th-17th, 12-6pm
French singer Colette Magny wrote “Babylone - U.S.A.” in 1972, but its subject is more relevant than ever. This powerful song embodies its tumultuous political moment, especially the widespread call for resistance against a totalitarian, fascist political regime. The architectural metaphor on which it is based – the collapse of a hubristic Babylon establishment status quo – evokes the cracks that may have begun to appear recently in the systems of power that dominated the twentieth century. Yet, the troubling inequities of race, gender, and class remain pervasive, with continued repression and control presenting fundamental crises on an international scale.
But, why is this situation so dire and how can artists respond to the current predicament? It seems that these circumstances do not offer any hope for escape (Magny begins by describing how George Jackson was shot to death by the San Quentin Prison guards). Neither can we conceive of a utopian world after the collapse of unjust barriers and draconian controls because of how central they are to our existence. Instead, these matters become even more universal and our current political situation more fraught as globalism and the internet reduplicate and intensify conditions. While displacement prevails, we continue to fervently object and protest and resist, only able to derive our own meaning within this system in the unique ways that we express that struggle.
Evan Paul English
Lea Patrice Fales
Tal Gilboa and Elizabeth Stehl Kleberg
Photo credit: Paul Gisbrecht