For Freedoms, the first artist-run Super PAC, was created earlier this year to offer an alternative perspective on concepts of power, voice and agency. By offering a platform for artists and scholars to explore the polemics of power, For Freedoms fuses art and activism through Town Halls, exhibitions and co-sponsored events with museums and local non-profit organizations.
The name was inspired by FDR’s 1941 SOTU address where the President outlined the four essential human freedoms:
- To Worship
- From Want
- From Fear
The For Freedoms Super PAC was the brainchild of artist Hank Willis Thomas and photographer Eric Gottesman, who cultivated the concept during the years preceding the 2016 election. This summer, For Freedoms ran a show at Jack Shainman Gallery consisting of works that speak to the ever shifting tides of power and propaganda in the media, giving a voice to issues that have been silenced in favor of theatrics throughout this political cycle.
Additionally, the group has installed a series of 10+ billboards across the United States and is hosting a virtual gallery on their website including of some of the works created by artists participating in the PAC. Here are some of my favorites:
All images c/o For Freedoms