Paulina Hollers and Michelle Hartney installation and performance at the Comfort Station

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Paulina Hollers and Michelle Hartney installation and performance at the Comfort Station

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This poster was created for an interactive performance piece that addresses President Trump’s use of divisive, hate-filled language. Embellished paper shredders were paired with stacks of paper printouts containing Trump's lies, bullying comments, and sexist, racist, fascist, narcissistic, hateful, greedy tweets and/or quotes.

Viewers were asked to shred Trump’s words with the shredders, both as an act of catharsis and activism.

The phrases drawn onto each piece were inspired by folk music singer Woody Guthrie, who wrote thousands of songs throughout his life, often including political messages into his lyrics.  Guthrie often played with a guitar that was carved with the phrase "This Machine Kills Fascists."

The inaugural installation of this piece took place at The Comfort Station in Chicago in 2017 and included a performance by The Paulina Hollers' Jim Becker and Lea Tshilds.  They played a full set of Woody Guthrie tunes during the show, including recently discovered lyrics Guthrie wrote in the 1950's about his landlord, Donald Trump Sr., condemning his racist ways. Becker wrote music to go along with Guthrie's lyrics.

In the 1970's the justice department sued our current president and his father for discrimination against African Americans for violating the Fair Housing Act of 1968 in 39 of their buildings. This song is particularly relevant today after Trump's divisive statements following the violence that erupted during the white supremacist rally in Charleston.

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