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WHO TOLD YOU SO?! #1 Truth vs. Government

“What we need is Star Peace and not Star Wars” – Mikhail Gorbachev

Onomatopee 75.1

This first chapter of our year-long Who told you so?! program focuses on the story of Truth vs. Government. The stories that construct our national identities become arguable as they are overrun by an extreme flow of global data exchanges via Internet, social media, travel and migration. Humanity has become global as the stories we deal with on a daily basis arise from everywhere across the globe. We generate our own narration through these in an eclectic manner, intuitively. Identities are configured from the bottom-up, throughout the lively narrations of the multitude. Meanwhile national and supranational governments attempt to offer identities in which we can find cohesion, just as the “European” storyline is trying to postulate something of a Jewish/Christian/humanist body.

This first chapter takes on the visual and textual narrations that are able to question the official story and help us to produce our individual narrations. They provoke us to doubt the context in which the story of the government presents itself, and allow for speculation and new relationships through which we are able to playfully recount the configuration of the narrative. It stimulates us to go beyond our own pleasantly eclectic narratives as well as the constant stream of “official” stories.


Persbericht in Dutch
Press release in English
with: Aleksandra Domanovic (SI / DE), Foundland (NL), Gokce Suvari (TR), Group R.E.P. (revolutionary experimental space) (UA), Lieven De Boeck (BE), Mauro Vallejo (ES), Monika Löve (EE / UK), Slavs and Tatars (INT)
project specific texts by Dr. Jonathan Short and Matteo Lucchetti
project specific poem by Joost Baars


Patricia Reed, 2012

Verses of a nameless land

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Verses of a Nameless Land by Patricia Reed is composed of 194 national anthems, redacted to omit all traces of national, ethnic, symbolic or geographical specificity and reassembled in thematic move- ments, maintaining original line structures.


Graphic design: Inedition
supported by the Canada Cuncil for the Arts


110 x 170 mm / 4,3 x 6,7 inch portrait
Patricia Reed
Patricia Reed
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  • Freek Lomme curator, editor, poet, writer, critic, project coordinator, producer website
  • Monika Löve artist
  • Aleksandra Domanovic artist
  • Foundland artist, graphic designer website
  • Gokce Suvari artist
  • Slavs and Tartars artist
  • Lieven De Boeck artist website
  • Mauro Vallejo artist website
  • Group R.E.P. (revolutionary experimental space) artist
  • Dr. Jonathan Short critic
  • Matteo Lucchetti critic
  • Joost Baars poet website