What: Everybody Dies!
Who: Nuotama Bodomo | Felix Gonzalez-Torres | Francisco Goya | Melchior Grossek | Dorothea Lange | Louise Lawler | Sherrie Levine | Bill Miller | Diane Nerwen |John Schabel | Jim Shaw
Where: carriage trade, 277 Grand St, 2nd Fl. New York, NY 10002
When: Until 21st February 2021, Thursday - Sunday, 1-6pm
Taking its title from Nuotama Bodomo’s 2016 film, Everybody Dies!, which features Tonya Pinkins as a fictitious public access TV host Ripa the (grim) Reaper who "teaches black kids about the day they’ll die”, this exhibition will explore the theme of death through social, political, and metaphysical perspectives.
The logic of unnecessary suffering and death is guaranteed by the news. Before the pandemic, before the explicit brutality revealed by cell phone videos, violence has long been sublimated through media ritual. If it bled, it led. School shootings, police violence, environmental carnage, and “expected” casualties in low-income neighborhoods scroll across the screen in a flash, furnishing living rooms with wall to wall anxiety, explicitly evoking fearful responses that fuel a divisive politics.
With no chance to pause, no break in the breathless expression of conflict and reprisal, the citizen succumbs. Lacking rituals that permit assimilation of pain and loss, the media’s engine churns, denying us the specificity and details that might foster empathy over alienation. As government and the social order morph into a massive train wreck from which it’s impossible to look away, the now limitless terrain occupied by corporate and social media graft themselves over the last shreds of community interest, blanketing consciousness with ratings systems that stimulate competitiveness over comprehension.