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Jenny Holzer Teams Up with March For Our Lives to Get Out the Vote

The artist's mobile installation traversed L.A. displaying a rotating montage of political aphorisms to gin up enthusiasm before the midterm election.

In a reboot of her “Anti-Gun Truck” earlier this year, Jenny Holzer teamed up with March For Our Lives to bring an LED-lined bus to L.A. last weekend. Holzer, long known for her visual language presentations, including an AIDS-focused collaboration with Surface in 2016, tasked the writing duties to the grassroots organization born out of February’s mass shooting at Parkland, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in greater Miami. The messages weren’t confined to gun safety issues, however, and spanned a range of causes, from climate change (USA Habitat Gone) to LGBTQ+ (Trans Lives Matter) to civic engagement (Americans Must Vote). Last week, in partnership with the experience–driven community Summit and For Freedoms, the activism platform launched by artists Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman in 2016, the bus chauffeured a group of activists, artists, musicians, and media to a rally at MOCA Los Angeles to get out the vote.

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The rally at MOCA Los Angeles. Speakers included: Beau Sia, Bamby Salcedo, Klaus Biesenbach, Aja Monet, Kristina Wong, Alex Ebert, Nico Aglietti, Brigette Lundy-Paine, Amir Whitaker, Katie Eder, Penelope Chester, Matthew Kahsay, Kristin Kathy, Tracy / Nikkei Progressives, Muna Malik, Jammal Lemy, Kifah Shah, and Philip Agnew.

“VOTE YOUR FUTURE” (2018) by Jenny Holzer
© 2018 Jenny Holzer, member Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY. With March For Our Lives.
(Photos: courtesy Collin LaFleche.)

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