An Artist Reinvents Herself to Mine the Fictions of America / Hyperallergic

Genevieve Gaignard, “Red State, Blue Plate” (2016), chromogenic print, 24 x 36 in

Genevieve Gaignard, “Red State, Blue Plate” (2016), chromogenic print, 24 x 36 in

LOS ANGELES — In the lead-up to a Trump presidency, the worst possible outcome for an America that has come so far in the past 100 years in terms of social progress and civil rights, it’s not insane to think that conservatives could take us back to a pre–Roe v. Wade era, to a time when all race-based hate crimes were labeled as basically normal. Not to mention that the environment and the economy will go to hell. This is not our country, and this is not the new normal — this is a time for refusal, a time to resist rather than to hallucinate into some sort of feeble complacency.

The election was certainly on my mind when I saw LA artist Genevieve Gaignard’s exhibition Smell the Roses at the California African American Museum. The characterizations that she creates in her work mine the intersections of race, class, and gender, portraying some of the vulnerable Americans who will be most affected by the next four years (or fewer, if Trump gets impeached like Michael Moore is predicting!).

Read the full review on Hyperallergichttp://hyperallergic.com/338452/an-artist-reinvents-herself-to-mine-the-fictions-of-america/