new-york

Rico Gatson

Ronald Feldman Gallery

Rico Gatson’s work to date has consisted primarily of large-scale videos that explore racial stereotyping in Hollywood film. Here, however, his investigations took the form of multimedia installations that touch on similar issues but additionally confront the current media barrage of war imagery and the system of secrecy and fear that is now internationally pervasive.

History Lessons, 2004, was projected on four walls and shown on four monitors encased in a freestanding wooden structure at the center of the gallery’s first room. The video is divided into four episodes, each with a different tempo. The first is based on footage from D.W. Griffiths’s Birth of a Nation (1915). Black-and-white images, toned in green, of battle-ready soldiers on horseback are multiplied by a kaleidoscope effect and accompanied by a sound track that evokes galloping hooves. In the second segment, made up of

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