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Submit to ‘Ministry of Truth’: a citywide billboard art exhibition

words by: Sahar Khraibani
Jul 31, 2020

Ministry of Truth: 1984/2020 is a group show about the state of politics in the U.S. as we know it today, created in anticipation of the upcoming election. Conceived by the curators behind Art At A Time Like This and in collaboration with Save Art Space, Ministry of Truth: 1984-2020, aims to present artworks on billboards around New York City and on artatatimelikethis.com’s online exhibition platform in October 2020. The exhibition is open to all artists of any age, skill level or background, to submit work to be considered for the public art project.

 

The exhibition will feature artwork by Dread Scott, Deborah Kass, Shirin Neshat, Marilyn Minter, and other internationally renowned artists, who will be designing new work specifically for this project. The remaining 50% of artists invited to participate will be chosen from the open call. The billboard-wide show will feature artwork that comments on the current state of U.S. politics and work that stimulates dialogue about the increasing polarization of our society.

 

Ministry of Truth: 1984/2020 is an immediate reference to George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984. Curators and artists, especially during times like these, will always feel compelled to address the lies, fake news, trolling and propaganda in today’s political rhetoric and landscape. As the organizers explain in the press release: “50 years ago, Orwell predicted a Ministry of Truth announcing WAR IS PEACE, FREEDOM IS SLAVERY and IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH, horrifyingly relevant in 2020. It is up to artists with their creative imagination to envision a different future for our country.”

 

To learn more and submit your work, click here.

 

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