MAHA (Make America Hopeful Again)
August 17-September 30, 2020
Stein is a well-known constructor of anti-acronyms, see YIMBYSSIMA (Yes in my Back Yard) . Make America Hopeful Again (MAHA) is her acronym that works as an intervention on D. Trump’s MAGA, and is an unapologetic piece of agitprop (“dollhouse activism” as she calls it) urging us all to demonstrate and vote in the upcoming election.
In a gallery densely packed with images and objects, we see the “walls” and “floor” of the gallery with pasted photos of demonstrations protesting the police murder of George Floyd, Black Lives Matter, the Women’s demonstration following the 2016 election and every January since, and the photo of a black demonstrator with VOTE painted on his forehead. On a plexiglass mini ballot box is another photo of a capped and masked demonstrator with Vote on the mask. Finally, in the wake of the removal of racist statues from public places is a toppled statue of Trump, fallen next to the ballot box. Finally, like battlements, the four solid wooden stamping cubes above the gallery, both announce the title and reinforce the message, while mirroring the cubical gallery itself.