Monday, October 2, 2023

“Illegality is essential to [the] American system…”

Running Fence, Sonoma and Marin Counties, California, 1972-76.

Running Fence, Sonoma and Marin Counties, California, 1972-76.

Colby Chamberlain on artist Luis Camnitzer’s offer to President Trump to build that wall, albeit a different type of wall.

Luis Camnitzer: “Dear President Donald Trump: Please use this golden opportunity to commission US artist Christo with the creation of a new version of his Running Fence to separate the US from Mexico. His first project in Sonoma was completed in 1976 with great success. Though only 24.5 miles long then, in full-length today it would transform a racist project into a public art event, and help improve the image of the US with an increasingly needed cultural veneer.”

And why not, or why wait for Trump’s approval, after all, for Christo, illegality was not only part of the project, it was a necessity: “I completely work within [the] American system by being illegal, like everyone else—if there is no illegal part, the project is less reflective of the system.”

Headline quote by Christo.


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