The Theater 2020

Archival Ink Print
40” x 48”
“The Theater” creates a visual spectacle of the United States military industrial complex, critically representing narratives spun to manufacture consent for regime-change wars waged for profit.

The Oldest Trick in the Book 2020

Archival Ink Print
24” x 154”
“The Oldest Trick in the Book” addresses the idea of “divide and conquer”, a classic political strategy used effectively today by the ruling establishment to keep the masses at odds, and, thus, diminish their power in the face of great economic and racial inequity. This digital collage acts as a loose timeline of events from the Jim Crow south to the present, scrolling onto the floor to physically divide the space. Imagery pulled from the NYTimes, as well as online media sources and the book “Without Sanctuary” (an exhibition catalog of lynching photograms from the early 1900’s in the American South), is altered and assembled in the style of agitprop and street art, with protestor Aisha Evans as the central heroic figure, the calm within the political storm.

Reading Between the Lines; exhibition detail 2020

The exhibition “Reading Between the Lines” opened March 2020 in the midst of the U.S. Democratic primaries and focuses on themes of protest and economic inequity. This exhibition detail shows three works (“The Oldest Trick in the Book” and “The Theater” are above).
“The Gap” is a suite of 4 diptychs of gold and black metal bars with vinyl lettering (each piece is 6” x 18”) that address the increasing human costs related to an economy designed to support corporate interests rather than human and environmental well-being. Each diptych juxtaposes dollar figures of corporate or military intake with human costs. The accompanying text is a sampling of information gathered to create a concise and informative report in support of the numbers.

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Priscilla Briggs

United States

Priscilla Briggs is a lens-based artist living in Minneapolis, MN, who investigates global representations of capitalism, consumerism, and their repercussions. Her work has been exhibited internationally at venues such as the Landskrona Photo Salon in Sweden, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Ullens Center for Art in Beijing, The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul, and the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne. Her artist monograph, Impossible Is Nothing: China’s Theater of Consumerism, was published in 2017 by Daylight Books. Many images from the book were created during artist residencies at the Chinese European Art Center in Xiamen and Art Channel in Beijing, which were supported by multiple grants from the McKnight Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board. Priscilla’s work has been featured in print and online publications such as Newsweek Japan, Photo District News, Hyperallergic, L’oeil de la Photographie, Lenscratch, and F-Stop Magazine.

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