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    Aftershock: Vaginal Davis

    Vaginal Davis on the US presidential election

    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

    Lorraine O’Grady on the US presidential election

    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

    Paul Chan on the US presidential election

    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: Glenn Ligon

    Glenn Ligon on the US presidential election

    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

    Ariana Reines’s blue moon report

    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

    Paige K. Bradley on QAnon

    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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    NEW WAVE

    Lauren O’Neill-Butler on the Feminist Art Coalition

    THEY SAY WE’RE STRONGER TOGETHER. That we’re the most important political force in the nation. That feminism is the future. What would it take to make these platitudes—touchstones from August’s Democratic National Convention—meaningful during a complete economic and social catastrophe and under a pandemic that has all but extinguished any faith left in already attenuated notions of universality and progress?

    Conceived in the wake of the 2017 Women’s March, the Feminist Art Coalition is a call to action that encompasses climate change, decolonization, racial justice, Indigenous struggles, diasporic

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