Performance of “The Golden Circle” at 8 pm
Human Resources is pleased to present WW, a new exhibition and performance by artists Gustavo Herrera and Spencer Douglass.
Including video, sculptural installation, and performance, the work in this exhibition loosely draws on the life of William Walker (1824-1860), a US lawyer who organized private military expeditions into Latin America with the intention of establishing English-speaking colonies under his personal control. Regarded by some as a pirate and by others as a general, Walker invaded Nicaragua in 1855 and installed himself President, marking the first portion of his never realized geopolitical territory “The Golden Circle.” The video WW is a fictional account of Walker’s last days in exile in Honduras, before he was executed by the British and Honduran governments.
WW is a direct and inward look into the darker depravity of human nature when entrenched in power. It is about the American idealization of remembered history and the self-imposed amnesia that ensues in the wake of that which falls out of the historical cannon. WW deals with how colonialism has been used in western thought to pardon the exploitation of human and natural resources. WW is not a historical or biographical reflection of William Walker, but more a meditation on what it means to be consumed with the lure of absolute power. WW reveals a world of repressed desires, which take the form of psycho sexual schisms of sleazy Babylonian kitsch, at once depraved and gaudy, yet all too human.