As the first artist-run super PAC, For Freedoms uses art to inspire deeper political engagement in the 2016 American Presidential election. On June 7th, 2016 the For Freedoms headquarters opened to the public at both Jack Shainman Gallery's 24th Street and 20th Street locations in New York City.
Co-founded by Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman, For Freedoms raises awareness of the impact of money on our political system and questions the notion of “freedom” in the twin contexts of art and politics. “Our mission is to use the super PAC apparatus to encourage new forms of critical discourse surrounding the 2016 presidential election.” - Eric Gottesman.
For Freedoms is a collaboration between Hank Willis Thomas, Eric Gottesman, Wyatt Gallery, Joeonna Bellorado-Samuels, Michelle Woo, and Albert James Ignacio. Additional artists included Marilyn Minter, Rashid Johnson, Aida Muluneh, Cassils, Zoe Buckman, Alfredo Jaar, Titus Kaphar, Dread Scott, Firelei Baez and many more.
As part of a long history of artists addressing the political institutions of the societies in which they work, the work included will promote a real exchange of ideas, and propose politics as a form of civic service. “We believe it’s time for artists to become more involved in the political process.” - Hank Willis Thomas.
The exhibited artworks will then be transformed into advertisements and positioned nationwide on billboards, as well as print and digital media spaces as a form of public “gallery”.