We All Declare for Liberty:
2020 and the Future of American Citizenship
President Abraham Lincoln said in an April 1864 address, “The world has never had a good definition of liberty, and the American people, just now, are much in need of one. We all declare for liberty; but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing.” Though Lincoln was speaking specifically of diverging definitions by those Americans who were for and against slavery, the critique of our national discord is still apt.
Ours is a time in which opposing political factions disagree not only about policy and the purpose and function of government but also something as basic as facts. Particularly when certain actors seemingly welcome, even stoke, the fires of division, how can any nation endure and remain unified in an environment rife with such rancor, overt gaslighting and threats of civil war? Quappi Projects is seeking a diverse group of artists whose thoughtful, complex work aligns with the aims of this exhibition: to elucidate the state of our national politics and its future, as well as the future of American citizenship - what defines it, who it belongs to, and what it requires of us.
The exhibition will open in October 2020. The application deadline is June 15, 2020. There is a $20 application fee. 25% of the application fee will be donated to Common Cause and League of Women Voters.
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Two Flags (Black) / Jasper Johns, 1970-72