"High Risk Citizen" Exhibition

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The exhibition High Risk Citizen explores forms of political resistance and public engagement today, as considered by contemporary artists working in video. In this heated year of presidential electioneering, an ongoing, costly war in Iraq, and growing economic recession, both the precarity and possibilities of the moment are incredibly high.

High Risk Citizen examines the stakes of active civic participation in an era of increased privatization and market- or wealth-driven access to state power. The works in the exhibition move between depressed responses to the ways in which collective, political efficaciousness has been intentionally curtailed, and euphoric re-imaginings of sites of robust social and civic culture. While other forms of community affiliations (religious, military, or perhaps even consumer) are frequently invoked as possible substitutes, this exhibition revisits the role and affect of citizenship as one of potential tendentiousness, and questions how and what we are told about our relationship to government may be in conflict with how we constitute ourselves as a public.


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