The War Was Supposed to Be Over. The Troops Were Supposed to Be Coming Back

Akiko Ichikawa

The War Was Supposed to Be Over. The Troops Were Supposed to Be Coming Back

Silkscreen, photo-transfer, cloth, and safety pins on T-shirts
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Cultural others have more to gain from engaging with – rather than merely tolerating or exoticizing – one another. This was the unarticulated goal of Brown v. Board, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. As a tribute to the Supreme Court decision (but really more out of a sense of urgency), my kanjitattoo reading performance connects my immigrant experience with that of others’ by engaging popular urban culture and perceived forms of selfexpression.

The T-shirts are remnants of a failed performance. Often, the remaining objects from an art performance are commodified into art objects; I wondered what would happen if an idea or a piece of information left over from a performance was commodified. In addition to calling attention to performance art’s recent commercialization, the shirts also shed light on the fate of two American pioneers of performative artistic practices