The Revolution Will Be Photographed

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Fake news gets a reality check in artist Felix R. Cid’s voluminous series of photomontages entitled The Sword of Damocles. The intricate  photographs will be exhibited at Garis & Hahn’s gallery-cum-Kunsthalle (fancy German for art gallery) from November 4 - December 16, 2017. The photos capture actions of civil disobedience from Cid’s travels around the world from a bird’s eye view, including one very close to home depicting “Inauguration Day” (Jan 20, 2017), after which Donald Trump’s administration issued a false statement accusing the mainstream media of unfair framing (to make crowd numbers appear underwhelming).

Felix R. Cid Untitled (Trump Inauguration), 2017 Digital Pigment Print 63 by 86 inches Edition of 5 Courtesy of the artist and Garis & Hahn

Felix R. Cid
Untitled (Trump Inauguration), 2017
Digital Pigment Print
63 by 86 inches
Edition of 5
Courtesy of the artist and Garis & Hahn

In addition to the six composite images, which also include a pink mosaic of feminist prowess at the Women’s March in D.C., and another march protesting Trump’s unwillingness to release his tax returns (clearly galvanizing a larger turnout than Inauguration Day), audiences can behold a massive pile of rubble from a destroyed Greco-Roman style pillar. The combining effect of the montages and anchoring ancient debris represents the “crumbling” of civilized civilization - seen in the destruction of public monuments around the world, especially in the Americas, and strikes up much needed conversations to be had regarding the fallacy of unchecked power and a resulting undoing of democracy. 

Felix R. Cid Untitled (Trump Taxes), 2017 Digital Pigment Print 63 by 86 inches Edition of 5 Courtesy of the artist and Garis & Hahn

Felix R. Cid
Untitled (Trump Taxes), 2017
Digital Pigment Print
63 by 86 inches
Edition of 5
Courtesy of the artist and Garis & Hahn

The exhibition’s opening coincides with the one-year anniversary of Trump’s inauguration. Audiences can commemorate or lament the historical moment by viewing The Sword of Damocles starting November 4, 2017.   


Written by: Kara Powell 

All photographs by: Felix R. Cid