From 28–30 April 2016, Jessica Harby is using NN’s Project space for Your Reluctant Diplomat.
As an American-born artist living in England, Jessica Harby is regularly called upon by strangers and acquaintances to explain or justify the political actions and cultural output of her home country. No other time provides as rich an opportunity for these kinds of interactions as a U.S. presidential election.
As reluctant, unofficial ambassador for the ugliest and most deeply embarrassing impulses of the American electorate, Jessica Harby will hold surgery hours in Northampton town centre during which anyone may discuss with her the aspects of her home country she most wishes would disappear forever. During the time in between interactions with the public, she will build a body of information on Donald Trump, the subject of a majority of uncomfortable conversations with strangers this year. Work completed in the space will include text, installation, and possible frustrated shouting.
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