Performance by Paul Ramírez Jonas
Alternative Facts is an interactive public performance by Paul Ramírez Jonas that explores the concept that truth is a social contract. Over the course of two days in two different parts of the city, Ramírez Jonas will set up notary stations in public locations to engage passersby in a simple exchange in which they sit at the table and make an untruthful statement. Through a brief but elaborate process, the artist will notarize each statement as a testament to its truthfulness. The participants are then asked to pay for the service with a gold coin, which is made by the artist electroplating their spare change in a gold solution. The exchange results in two drawings: one for the participant to keep and another to be displayed near the notary station.
Ramírez Jonas is a contemporary artist and arts educator whose work challenges the relationship between artist, viewer, and artwork. Through participatory performances, large-scale public installations, monumental sculptures, videos, and drawings, he invites interactions, collaborations, and exchanges that create social contracts between the artwork and the public. Rather than asserting a position or issuing precise instructions, he operates within a set of guidelines, combining humor and sincerity to communicate collective ideals, histories, and dreams.
Alternative Facts is part of MOAD’s A City of the People series.
Friday, October 18, from 11:00AM–2:00 PM at Kyriakides Plaza in MDC’s Wolfson Campus, and on Sunday, October 20, from 11:00 AM–2:00 PM at HARTVEST PROJECT at Pinecrest Gardens in Pinecrest. The events are free and open to the public.