For Freedoms (2016) Winner of a 2017 ICP Infinity Award. For Freedoms is the first artist-run Super PAC. I co-founded For Freedoms in January 2016 with Hank Willis Thomas to encourage new forms of public critical discourse. Our medium for this project is American democracy, our "readymade" is the Super PAC (a federal designation for organizations that raise money for "political speech"), and our mission is to forge more transparent and representative forms of political discourse. We have produced art exhibitions, town hall meetings, interactive events, advertising and educational campaigns and we have built a network of sixty artists, several student chapters and dozens of advisors as we galvanize the arts communities to address the important concerns of our time. Because we are artists registered with the government as a "political entity," our capacity to engage politically in spaces of art is paradoxically limited. But these limitations have raised a number of questions. Where do unbridled artists show work that puts institutions at moral or legal risk? Are art spaces really devoid of politics? Is the "non-profit" 501c3 status the right legal category for museums and other non-profit arts institutions? How can art lend itself to political discourse? And how do we make space to hear each other? Can participation and critique coexist? This For Freedoms project includes: Jack Shainman Gallery Exhibition (2016): We kicked off with an exhibition at Jack Shainman Gallery in New York City. Super PACs are intended to raise huge amounts of money to produce political speech. We wanted to start by reckoning with the equation of money and speech in politics as well as in art. For an exhibition in the belly of the commercial art market, we curated work of over sixty artists and set up a provisional headquarters where we produced experimental educational and activist events over the course of two months such as artist-directed voter registration, cooking demonstrations, town hall meetings and public conversations. We also transformed the gallery space into a working headquarters for the Super PAC. Billboard Campaign (2016): Like other Super PACs, For Freedoms raises money to purchase media space for political advertising. Unlike other Super PACs, For Freedoms collaborates with artists to produce political messaging that aims to add nuance to political communications. Creative team includes: Jon Santos (Designer); Wyatt Gallery (Executive Director); Hank Willis Thomas (co-founder, For Freedoms); Eric Gottesman (co-founder, For Freedoms). All photographs of billboards by Wyatt Gallery Yard Sign Activation (2016): At museums, galleries, art fairs, performance spaces, universities and other cultural events throughout the country, For Freedoms invited the public to create a political "yard sign" about what freedom means to them. Thousands of people responded with their "Freedom of..." or "Freedom from..." Yard Sign activation sites include: Brooklyn Museum, NY; NY Live Arts, NY; Flux Projects, Atlanta; Vassar College, NY; Bowdoin College, Maine; Afropunk, Atlanta; Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland; Expo, Chicago; SECCA, North Carolina Creative Time Summit (2016): Co-founders Hank and I presented our project during a session entitled "Troubled Democracy."