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Daniel Bejar

Title & Date: Rec-elections (March on R.N.C. #1) (2012)
Material: Photographic documentation of interventions
Dimensions: 16" x 20"

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"Rec-elections (March on R.N.C. #1)" by Daniel Bejar

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"Rec-elections" is a campaign of site-specific interventions which took place at multiple sites in New York City and the Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL during the 2012 Presidential Election. Utilizing similar advertising strategies of Conservative political parties, which have weaponized nostalgia as a political tool of manipulation, Bejar appropriated campaign signs and posters of historical Presidential campaigns, and re-inserted these posters and signs back into the context of the 2012 Presidential election. The posters were incorporated into guerilla performances in protest marches and rallies, and wheat pasted around New York City. The project exists as photographic documentation of the site-specific performances and interventions. This piece was part of an installation in the Flux Factory September 2012 exhibition, "Public Trust."

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Description: Rec-elections is a campaign of site-specific interventions in NYC and the Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL during the 2012 Presidential election. Utilizing similar advertising strategies of Conservative political parties, Bejar appropriated campaign signs and posters of historical Presidential campaigns, and re-inserted these posters and signs back into the contemporary context, as part of guerilla performances in protest marches and rallies. The project exists as photographic documentation, with this piece included in the Flux Factory 2012 exhibition, Public Trust.

Artist Biography:Daniel Bejar is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. Bejar recently completed the Lower Manhattan Cultural Councils 2011-2012 Artist-in-Residence Workspace Program, and in 2011 Bejar was selected for Smack Mellon’s NY Hot Picks program. Bejar has also participated in residencies at SOMA, Mexico City D.F., Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT, Lower Manhattan Cultural Councils Swing Space Program, and the AIM Program at the Bronx Museum of Art, NY. Bejar’s work has been exhibited internationally, with recent venues including El Museo Del Barrio; University of New Haven, CT; Artnews Projects, Berlin; and Bronx Museum of the Arts. Bejar is a 2007 MFA sculpture recipient from the State University of New York, New Paltz, and received his BFA from the Ringling College of Art & Design, Sarasota, FL.