COLUMNS

  • Aftershock: Michael Rakowitz

    Artforum has invited artists to share a text, image, or video in the immediate wake of the United States presidential election and will be posting their contributions throughout the week.

    I AWOKE ON THE MORNING of Wednesday, November 4, to the news of a still-too-close-to-call election. I went for a run in my neighborhood of Edgewater, on the north side of Chicago, and on my way home, I passed by the site of the former Edgewater Hospital. Closed since the 1990s, the hospital was the birthplace of John Wayne Gacy and Hillary Rodham Clinton. Demolition of the site began in early 2017, shortly after

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  • Aftershock: Vaginal Davis

    Artforum has invited artists to share a text, image, or video in the immediate wake of the United States presidential election and will be posting their contributions throughout the week.

    LORD LOVE the Hot Humpy Dork Party!

    When the weather is warm in Berlin there is nothing I adore more than riding on my trusty Dutch girl’s bicycle around the city, art-stalking that rarest of rare breeds, the species affectionately known as the hotus humpyus dorkus. Humpy dorks are generally young men slightly on the diminutive side but not always, who aren't fully aware of their sexual attractiveness and innate

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  • Aftershock: Lorraine O’Grady

    Artforum has invited artists to share a text, image, or video in the immediate wake of the United States presidential election and will be posting their contributions throughout the next week.

     

    OPTIMISM? PESSIMISM?

     

    Exhibit A

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    THE BIDEN CAMPAIGN contacted me in early August, to ask my blessings for their project. And now they have blessed me. It’s overwhelming to be part of Biden’s first post as president-elect, the one in which he announces victory—to be part of its celebration. I still break out in sobs of joy and relief. I can’t help myself.

     



    Exhibit B

    DID WE EVER have a democracy here? When

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  • Aftershock: Paul Chan

    Artforum has invited artists to share a text, image, or video in the immediate wake of the United States presidential election and will be posting their contributions throughout the next week.

    FOR A FEW NIGHTS AND DAYS AFTER NOVEMBER 3, I lost my appetite. Nothing tasted appealing. It was during then that I realized the coronavirus and the political plague that is the current administration share a striking similarity: They both deprive us of our senses.

    Losing our senses of taste and smell are two defining symptoms of Covid. Social distancing has also deprived our sense of touch and of proximity

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  • Aftershock: Martha Rosler

    Artforum has invited artists to share a text, image, or video in the immediate wake of the United States presidential election and will be posting their contributions throughout the next week.

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  • Aftershock: Ebecho Muslimova

    Artforum has invited artists to share a text, image, or video in the immediate wake of the United States presidential election and will be posting their contributions throughout the next week.

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  • Aftershock: Kay Rosen

    Artforum has invited artists to share a text, image, or video in the immediate wake of the United States presidential election and will be posting their contributions throughout the next week.

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  • Aftershock: Christine Sun Kim

    Artforum has invited artists to share a text, image, or video in the immediate wake of the United States presidential election and will be posting their contributions throughout the next week.

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  • Aftershock: Dread Scott

    Artforum has invited artists to share a text, image, or video in the immediate wake of the United States presidential election and will be posting their contributions throughout the next week.

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  • Aftershock: Glenn Ligon

    Artforum has invited artists to share a text, image, or video in the immediate wake of the United States presidential election and will be posting their contributions throughout the next week.

    AFTERMATH WAS LIT before November 4, 2020, and will remain lit after the date the neon illustrates. Although the title implies that November 4, 2020, is the date on which we will see how the United States will react to the election results, the neon being lit before that date signals that we are already in the aftermath, that the emergency started generations ago for Indigenous people who resided here before

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  • MOTHER OF GOD

    Snow is falling on the yellow leaves

    And blowing across the nodding yellowing

    And green leaves that have yet to fall. This

    Is the third day in a row the sun

    Has hidden as it rose if indeed it did rise

    & it must have risen though I know in the pit

    Of my guts with everything we’re doing here

    The earth’s rotation is bound, too, to change

    Not just the career of its seasons, the grief

    & outrage of our relations. I have

    Speculated before that certain enduring

    Traditions, many of them called hermetic

    Emerged specifically and only because a disciplined

    And determined few were forced in on themselves

    While being

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  • A WORLD OF PURE IMAGINATION

    IMAGINE SOMEONE with “Q”-level security clearance in the American federal government joining an online message board’s anonymous hordes to post allusive crumbs of insider intelligence about Donald Trump’s plan to crush the “deep state.” And imagine that this Democrat-controlled shadow government comprises bloodthirsty, adrenochrome-addicted, sex-trafficking pedophiles obsessed with flaunting their vices through a symbolism both totally pervasive and curiously inscrutable. Can you conceive of plots involving secret connections between Obama.org tweets and George Floyd’s death and a premeditated

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