Acclaimed British artist Ben Turnbull has reimagined Mount Rushmore, replacing the American presidents with Native Americans.
Entitled Once Upon a Time in America, the work is part of American History X volume III, Manifest Decimation, which examines the history of the ‘Indian Removal Act’ and the concept of ‘Manifest Destiny’, a belief which led to a cultural genocide of native Americans.
Using cut-outs of ‘cowboy and Indian’ comics — the type that showed ruthless colonisers as a necessary force for civilisation – Turnbull spins it around and makes the Indians the victors, the cowboys the vanquished.
The exhibition, which is comprised of seven works in total, is the third in an ongoing series, following American History X volume II, Smells Like Teen Spirit, and American History X volume I, The Death of America, 2013.
American History X volume III, Manifest Decimation
Exhibition Dates: 15 October - 2 November 2019
Opening Celebration: 16 October, 6-9pm
Bermondsey Project Space 183-185
London SE1 3UW
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