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carlos amorales - ghost demonstration

bampfa - berkeley
march 27 - october 13, 2019
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installation view of ghostdemonstration, bampfa, 2019. 

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installation view of ghost demonstration, bampfa, 2019. 

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detail of ghost demonstration, bampfa, 2019. 

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installation view of ghostdemonstration, bampfa, 2019. 

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installation view of ghost demonstration, bampfa, 2019. 

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detail of ghost demonstration, bampfa, 2019. 

In this new commission for the BAMPFA Art Wall, entitled Ghost Demonstration, Amorales draws from the multiple histories of mural art in Mexico, the political demonstrations that occurred in Berkeley in the 1960s (as well as more recent events), and protests in the United Kingdom in the 1980s. In order to make this monumental mural, the artist used stencils of slogans from Berkeley protest posters as well as fragments from songs by British anarcho-punk bands from the eighties who disavowed Thatcher-era neoliberal policies. These stencils were held up by assistants, whose silhouetted figures are imprinted along the wall. The ghostly outlines of the human figure point to historically significant moments in various times and diverse cultures, while reinforcing the importance of remaining socially and politically engaged in the present, as many of the slogans resonate with the current cultural climate.

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