PART OF THE EXHIBITION BEYOND IMAGINATION
Jeremiah Day, “The Frank Church – River of No Return Wilderness”, 2012, performance. Location: Teijin Auditorium. date: 13 Oct, 3 p.m
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The Amsterdam- and Berlin-based artist Jeremiah Day (Cape Cod, US, 1974), received an art degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (US, 1997), and subsequently completed the residency program at the Rijksakademie (2003-2004). Day has presented his work at the Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (2009), Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam (2010), and Site Gallery, Sheffield (UK, 2012). Day also took part in Manifesta 7 in Trentino (IT, 2008) and has been commissioned by If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution to create a new work in the context of Edition IV – Affect (2010-2012).
In his new installation and performance, Jeremiah Day evokes the American politician Frank Church. In the mid-1970s, Church chaired a US Senate Select Committee that exposed the unconstitutional activities of the intelligence service. These activities included manipulating foreign election campaigns and efforts to repress political freedoms in the US. Day’s installation incorporates material from the Church archives and footage from his earlier performance about Church. Here, the artist focuses on Church’s work in nature conservation, which led to the creation of a large wilderness area that was later renamed in honor of the politician. By deliberately appropriating historical events in his work, Day makes the historical topical, implicitly highlighting the current importance of civil liberties, social solidarity, and political equilibrium.