Karen Hanmer

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Title: 1984NOW



1984NOW | 2017 | Boxed set of five flip books: $400

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Flip books: laser and inkjet prints on acid-free cardstock, buckram-wrapped spine. Books presented in individual mylar sleeves, set also includes archival corrugated box.

2 x 5.5 x 1.25” /ea

Edition of 40

Set of five flip books inspired by the intersection of George Orwell’s 1984 and current events. Phrases from Orwell’s text morph into phrases from the headlines and back again.

Great Again suggests how 1984’s four governmental departments are manifested in 2017 America: Ministry of Truth / Lies, Ministry of Peace / America First, Ministry of Love / Law & Order, Ministry of Plenty / Defund & Privatize

Platform lists three slogans as familiar today as in Orwell’s dystopian society: War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength

Temperament documents many of the most common (and unconsciously self-referential) presidential words and phrases: Huge, Tremendous, Loser, Out of Control, Bad Hombre, Dangerous, Disaster, Believe Me

Topia is a reminder that one citizen’s Utopia is another’s dystopia, and how easily one can become the other.

Watching explores the seductive quality even the most dangerous leader can possess.