#MINE

As I went walking I saw a sign there
And on the sign it said "No Trespassing."  
But on the other side it didn't say nothing,
That side was made for you and me.
Woody Guthrie, This Land is Your Land

In Kim Beck’s #MINE series, a gold-mirrored sign was taken on a cross-country road trip. Rendered in the Trump Tower typeface, the project questions nationalism and patriotism, while recalling Woody Guthrie’s This Land is Your Land. The hashtag signaled the absurd relationship between social media space, where Trump conducts the majority of his diatribes, with real space where a physical hashtag doesn’t register. The act of planting the sign on the ground from Yosemite National Park to Niagara Falls, with dollar stores, farmland and Las Vegas in between, is also a gesture of reclamation. In the spirit of both Guthrie and Walt Whitman's Song of Myself, it also claims place for a collective self.

Details: Performance, photographs and gold mirror on wood, 2018. Installed at the Arlington Arts Center, curated by Karyn Miller.