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I bet, there was very little coverage ‍—‌ I bet it's brand new information to people that President Obama had a six-month ban on the Iraqi refugee program after two Iraqis came here to this country, were radicalized ‍—‌ and they were the masterminds behind the Bowling Green massacre. I mean, most people don't know that because it didn't get covered.
— Kellyane Conway, February 2, 2017

Artifacts from the Bowling Green Massacre 2018 - ongoing
Plexiglass, charcoal, chalk, fire helmet, underwear, metal holder, wallet, fabric patch, paper
Boxes are 14.5 x 18 x 12 inches, 12 x 10 x 18.5 inches, 12.5 x 14 x 3 inches

In early 2017, presidential advisor Kellyane Conway invented a fictional massacre to justify the administration's travel and immigration ban from seven majority Muslim countries. Conway repeated this false claim at least three times in interviews with Cosmopolitan, TMZ, and MSNBC before admitting she misspoke and clarifying that she was instead referring to the 2011 arrests of two Iraqi refugees in Bowling Green, KY.

Taking Conway's falsehood as a starting point, I created material artifacts about the fictional massacre. My objects and museum displays are physical evidence from an historical event that never took place, speculative fictions that invite viewers to contemplate the nature of truth, reality, and fact through playful satire and absurdity. An ongoing archive documenting post-fact truthiness, the objects themselves are littered with deliberate falsehoods and meta-clues.

 

 

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