“Hearts and Minds” Exhibition

Carriage Trade

poster for “Hearts and Minds” Exhibition
[Image: Marina Pinsky "Woman and Child 11" (2016) Archival inkjet print on fiber paper, 11 3/4 × 15 1/2 in. Courtesy of the artist and C L E A R I N G, Brussels. ]
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So we must be ready to fight in Vietnam, but the ultimate victory will depend upon the hearts and the minds of the people who actually live out there.
-Lyndon B. Johnson
Remarks at a Dinner Meeting of the Texas Electric Cooperatives, Inc., May 4, 1965

The dreams of men, the seed of commonwealth, the germs of empires.
-Joseph Conrad
Heart of Darkness, 1899

Civilization and barbarism are never far apart. As the spoils from subjugating distant countries fill closets, living rooms, and dinner tables, citizens of the empire are encouraged to witness the “improvements” offered by their way of life bestowed upon the many invisible hands responsible for producing it. Employing the tools of public relations to invert standard meanings into their opposites (slavery = freedom, war = peace) the minds of those at home are massaged while villages abroad undergo “pacification”.

In the later stages of empire, as exploration paves the way for tourism, far away cultures are promoted as exotic and unpredictable, introducing “otherness” as an affirmation of the ever-expanding necessity to civilize and control. As empires engage in hot and cold wars to extract and defend resources for domestic populations, patriotism and consumerism unite in common pursuits. While new technologies offer increasingly convincing dream worlds that divert the public’s consciousness, the brutal origins of their creation remain mostly behind the scenes.

With consumerism suffering a pandemic-era blow and a diminishing faith in establishment politics haunting industrialized nations, the pursuit of hearts and minds, so critical to the narrative of empire, struggles to contain blowback from centuries of repressive measures. Filtered through social media feedback loops, governmental and corporate messaging engineered to sway popular opinion now feature distortions and fragmentation that sow confusion while veiling their source, fomenting widespread social unease and sporadic violence.

Living within a kind of informational breakdown, many are now questioning how we got here. Linking past to present through artwork and archival material that collectively address links between the diversions of consumerism and techniques of propaganda in the service of empire, Hearts and Minds, a joint project of Carriage Trade and Rectangle, Brussels, reflects on the inseparable rapport between public relations and social control both at home and abroad.

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Schedule

from April 15, 2021 to June 21, 2021

Website

http://www.carriagetrade.org (venue's website)

Fee

Free

Venue Hours

From 13:00 To 18:00
Closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays

Access

Address: 62 Walker St., New York, NY 10013
Phone: 212-343-2944

Between Broadway and Church St. Subway: N/Q/R/W to Canal Street

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