GREEN GO HOME: Tomas Vu and Rirkrit Tiravanija

When 16 Oct 2019
6:00PM - 9:00PM
Where WhiteBox Harlem
213 East 121 Street
New York, NY 10035
United States
Enquiry 212.714.2347

GREEN GO HOME is an ongoing, collaborative project initiated by the New York based artist Tomas Vu. Put into effect in close cooperation with artistic partner Rirkrit Tiravanija from the start in 2013 and others like Miguel Cardenas, Angelica Teuta and Rafael Domenech. GREEN GO HOME is a common, flexible and participative installation that has been shown worldwide at diverse art venues. The title GREEN GO HOME refers to the origin of the well known term “Gringo”, an expression used in Latin America to describe a Western foreigner. The attempt of the series is to provide a dynamic, collective contention with the subversive western politics in Latin- and South America.

As Vu puts it, “The provocation inherent in GREEN GO HOME is positioned against the subtle underlying subtext of U.S. interventions, and colonialist attitudes, towards its neighbors in Latin America from Mexico southwards: an antagonism that has cost many lives and much strife.”

In each installation, the meaning of the piece mutates. The characters and language are specific to the country in which the work is being shown, but more importantly, the people involved shaped the piece. They help to create meaning for the piece through their experiences, reflections, and interactions.

The imagery itself consists of portraits derived from Google searches with text supplied by Rirkrit juxtaposed on top. The presence of each character – from films to music to personalities of resistance – reveals itself to the viewer as addressing the condition of the graffiti text.

The figures included vary from country to country, though some figures reappear, as they are, at the crux of this discussion – Ted Kazynski, Alan Turing, Barbarella, Ana Mendieta. The grid holds up the statement and reinforces the layers of interpretation, readings, and misunderstandings. GREEN GO HOME is meant to be a wall of resisters, and of resistance.

Image courtesy of the event organizer.