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      Opening Night Reception: Oct 31, 2022 6-8 PM
      Election Night Performances: Nov 8th, 6 PM-midnight


      White Box

      is pleased to present the topical and timely Ballots Not Bullets that will open on October 31st, with live performances on November 8 from 6 PM to 12 AM, which will also be the day of the 2022 Midterm Elections. Ballots Not Bullets is an international, mixed-media art exhibition that takes its cue from an eponymous quote by Abraham Lincoln during the Reconstruction period after his historic Emancipation Proclamation that ended slavery. His clarion call entailed pleading with all American citizens to vote and exercise democracy rather than resort to violence that had almost ended the burgeoning American experiment during the Civil War. Fast forward to the present-day, violent partisanship is not only more prevalent than ever, but democracy itself is under attack by those who believe that the 2020 presidential election was illegitimate because it was “stolen” from them.



      Doubt in government

      and its institutions intentionally cultivated by both domestic and foreign ideologues is not just exploiting the ubiquitous cynicism towards politicians but erodes the greater rule of law; for the incremental dismantling of democracy’s infrastructure, albeit already precarious, can lead to the slow introduction of authoritarianism in the form of those who see democracy as an impediment to their general will-to-power.


      Rising authoritarianism

      in the USA is no mere left-wing Internet conspiracy, as it has reared its ugly head in many facets of social life that we have taken for granted: among other things, the revoking of Roe vs Wade, gerrymandering, questioning of the Respect for Marriage Act that legally recognizes same-sex married couples, and to come full circle with Lincoln’s quote cited above, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to has come under attack. Ballots Not Bullets, then, will address these concerns in an art exhibition that comes right at the moment when the USA will either uphold democracy or slowly succumb to authoritarianism, and either of these two possibilities is contingent on the 2022 Midterm Elections. To paraphrase Abraham Lincoln, ballots not bullets are more important than ever.

      Marie Christine Katz. Performance


      Carlos Aires
      Joseph Ayers
      Claudia Baez
      Brian Bellott
      Terry Berkowitz
      David Borawski
      Robert Boyd
      Luigi Cazzaniga
      Eteri Chkadua
      Dirty Churches
      Kerr Cirilo
      Rossa Cole
      Jim Costanzo
      Ken Cro-Ken
      Irina Danilova
      Micha Das Bach
      Alexa Frangos
      Peter Fend & Jenny Holzer
      Borinquen Gallo
      Rainer Ganahl
      Cris Gianakos
      James Hendershott
      Michelle Jaffé
      Enrique Ježic
      Andrew Ellis Johnson
      Julia Justo
      Mona Saeed Kamal
      Marie Christine Katz
      Suprina Kenney
      Sherry Kerlin
      Florencia Kettner
      Joseph Kosuth
      Marni Kotak
      Lusmerlin Lantigua
      sTo Len
      Saverio Lucariello
      Julia San Martin
      Ferran Martín
      Raúl Martínez
      Eugenio Merino
      Igor Molochevski
      Simonetta Moro
      Jean Pierre Müller
      Ekaterina Muromtseva
      Qinza Najm
      Yasira Nun
      Elin o’Hara Slavick
      Eva Petric
      Pasha Radetzski
      Joan Reinmuth
      Yohanna Roa
      Miguel Rodriguez
      Margaret Roleke
      Tom Rose
      Barbara Rosenthal
      Suzanne Russell
      Franck Saïssi
      Simeón Saiz Ruiz
      Avelino Sala
      Julia San Martin
      Pedro Sanchez III
      Noemi Sjoberg
      Jesse Snader
      Robert Snikkar
      Ann-Marie Stillion
      Susana Sulic
      Matt Sullivan
      Sasha Sumner
      Jorge Tacla
      Dan Tran
      Johan Wahlstrom
      Chin Chih Yang
      and others

      Performances Schedule