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Ghana Think Tank

Title & Date: Legal Waiting Zone (2012)
Material: .080 EG Reflective Aluminum, Uchannel post, bolts
Dimensions: 96" x 12" x 3"

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"Legal Waiting Zone" by Ghana Think Tank

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“Authorities are harassing Latin American Immigrant workers on the street, especially all over Roosevelt Avenue… and using racial profiling to have an excuse to give them tickets.”

Talking to people along Roosevelt Avenue in Corona last summer, the Ghana ThinkTank discovered that authorities were using an illegal law to stop people from waiting outside. They soon learned that NYPD was being held in contempt of court for applying this unconstitutional “loiter law,” and that people do, in fact, have the right to wait outside. So, they started to put up signs that said so, as part of a commission through the Queens Museum of Art.

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Description: “Authorities are harassing Latin American Immigrant workers on the street, especially all over Roosevelt Avenue… and using racial profiling to have an excuse to give them tickets.”

Talking to people along Roosevelt Avenue in Corona last summer, the Ghana ThinkTank discovered that authorities were using an illegal law to stop people from waiting outside. They soon learned that NYPD was being held in contempt of court for applying this unconstitutional “loiter law,” and that people do, in fact, have the right to wait outside. So, they started to put up signs that said so, as part of a commission through the Queens Museum of Art.

Artist Biography:The Ghana ThinkTank is developing the First World. Founded in 2006, the Ghana ThinkTank is a worldwide network of think tanks creating strategies to resolve local problems in the “”developed”" world. The network began with think tanks from Ghana, Cuba and El Salvador, and has since expanded to include Serbia, Mexico and Ethiopia. In a recent project, Ghana ThinkTank sent problems collected in Wales to think tanks in Ghana, Mexico, Serbia, Iran, and a group of incarcerated girls in the U.S. prison system. These think tanks analyze the problems and propose solutions, which are put into action back in the community where the problems originated – whether those solutions seem impractical or brilliant. Some of these actions have produced workable solutions, but others have created intensely awkward situations, as different cultures’ assumptions about each other are played out. It’s become a way to explore the friction caused by solutions that are generated in one context and applied elsewhere, while revealing the hidden assumptions that govern crosscultural interactions.