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"Who's Manning?" - September 27
« on: September 19, 2013, 13:26:47 PM »
An art exhibit entitled "Who's Bradley Manning?" will be on display at the Dumbo Arts Festival in New York, September 27 through 29.

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    Friday, September 27, 2013 - 6:00PM to 9:00PM
    Saturday, September 28, 2013 - 12:00PM to 9:00PM
    Sunday, September 29, 2013 - 12:00PM to 6:00PM
    Location: Water Street between Main and Washington Streets

Artist: Kyle Goen


Now that the face of court-martialed Private Manning, with army cap askew, has been splashed on the front pages fewer people need to ask, "Who's Chelse Manning?" But who is Chelse, really?

Artist Kyle Goen created 1,600 transparent colored flags, in reference to the 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue White House address, to make up the installation "Who's Chelse Manning?" The piece will appear, from afar, as a mammoth pixelated image of that famous face and cap, hanging across Water Street.

The 26-by-70-foot installation aims to replace the simplistic view of the 25-year-old Manning, sentenced to 35 years in prison for exposing some of the US government's most extraordinary war crimes. Convicted of several counts of espionage, though cleared of "aiding the enemy," Goen believes Manning is guilty of little more than informing the US population of the government's illegal torture centers and civilian murders in Iraq. The Wikileaks video that went viral showing US Apache helicopter snipers expressing bloodlust as they killed 2 Reuters reporters and the family who came to rescue them is perhaps the most famous example of Manning's exposure of government secrets.

As Gregg Leslie, legal defense director for the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, said following the conviction, "Whistle-blowers always know they are taking risks, and the more they reveal, the bigger the threat is against them. But we know they are not betraying the government. And when they contribute vital information to an important public debate, it should not be a crime - especially the kind of crime that sends you to jail for the rest of your life."

The sheer scale of Goen's "Who's Chelse Manning?" is intended to force an open conversation not only about Manning, but also about what constitutes an accurate image of this figure whom defenders see as a truth-teller and government prosecutors as an Enemy of the State. The closer you view the work, the more confused the image; the farther away, the more it comes into focus.


Born in Bakersfield, California, Kyle Goen lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Goen creates art by repurposing and reinterpreting found images and symbols in a variety of ways, from the satirical use of state power to more literal illustrations of war and protest, to reflect on questions of US Empire and legacies of anti-imperialist resistance. Goen's best-known previous works include, the "Elect a Madman You Get Madness" series that he first mass distributed as a sticker to coincide with the 2001 inauguration of George W. Bush, his ongoing "Homes & Gardens" paintings of Palestinian guerrilla fighters, which he started in 2005 and his show at Damon Dash's Dash Gallery, "The Voice that Arms itself to be Heard" of large-scale halftone paintings of radical and revolutionary leaders, hosted by Erykah Badu in 2010.

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