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Contemporary Art paired with WWII Poster Collection

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Posted by: Arts+Literature Laboratory
Deadline: Fri, December 8th, 2017

Shhh… surveys a landscape of propaganda, information and disinformation, darkened by political uncertainty. It’s a story of amorphous narratives, irrational conclusions and omnipresent media – an epic of a nation coming apart under the pressure of its own freedoms and liberties. Set against the backdrop of World War II propaganda posters, Arts + Literature Laboratory seeks a multigenerational group of artists for an exhibition that pictures the universe of a democracy struggling with its personification.

Artists in Shhh… share an interest in propagandist traditions and a fascination for personal narratives within cultural belief systems and experiences. The result hoped for is a more elliptical and emotional version of reality in the works on view, coupled with a belief that the creative license of deliberately manipulating information belongs to the Artist.

In a statement reminiscent of a core principle of early 20th century Surrealism and Dada, “the gratuitous act”, candidate Donald Trump evoked a Breton-esque perspective of the world when he boasted on the campaign trail that he could shoot somebody and not lose voters. We find ourselves in a living, breathing work of surrealist art. Distinctions between what is true and what is false are increasingly blurred in civic life. How do we describe a truth liberated from fact in the visionary language of art? Shhh… proposes to assemble a collection of images, objects and video that span the sensational to the documentary. If folding fact into fiction is an attempt to piece together a deeper truth accessed only through fabrication and imagination, then Shhh… hopes to be an exhibition that not only demystifies, but also poeticizes propaganda.


Artists are invited to submit a proposal to make a new piece or submit an existing work that that uses propaganda, information or disinformation as its point of departure for consideration in the exhibition. The posters will be on view alongside works accepted for the show. They can be used as an image resource as well. The private poster collection is generously on loan to Arts + Literature Laboratory and can be accessed through the website. 

For complete information: Shhh...


Posted on Tue, November 21st, 2017
Expires on Fri, December 8th, 2017

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