October 2 – November 1, 2020
Natacha Thys, a queer, Haitian-American artist and human rights lawyer, paints on the U.S. Flag to explore the collapse and rebirth of America after the 2016 presidential election. Her new work “emerged as a way of grappling with a deep sense of loss and hopelessness,” she says.
Thys stays connected to her signature abstract style but introduces conceptual and mixed media elements. On one flag she lists 86 countries in whose elections the U.S. interfered and asks, Was Putin Wrong? In another the Haitian vodou god Papa Legba, guardian of the gates, rebukes U.S. immigration policies and exclaims, Here’s Your Wall! A partially-burnt flag sets out the articles of impeachment against “Individual No. 1.” In Is this M.A.G.A.? the flag nearly disappears under a beautiful but violent impasto.
Thys’ vision is not completely dystopian, with other flags incorporating photographs of the Women’s March and Black Lives Matter. She asks a hopeful question heading into the 2020 presidential elections with a flag titled Confluence: Towards a More Perfect Union?
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