STATEMENT – redacted, 2015

Basel 2017
Sprüth Magers
hanging LED sign with 4 sides: RGB diodes installed on a robotic arm
256.5 x 12.7 x 12.7 (cm)
101.0 x 5.0 x 5.0 (inch)
Jenny Holzer’s STATEMENT – redacted oscillates on a telescoping robotic arm, measuring over two-and-a-half meters in length. It features scrolling text from the pages of declassified U.S. government documents regarding military operations and the treatment of detainees in Afghanistan and Iraq. The work presents a stark abstraction of the U.S. administration’s use of language and the syntax of war. Since the 1970s, Holzer has created text and light installations that often are displayed in public spaces. Their poetic and critical content raise questions about the complexities, paradoxes, and ironies of social identity and politics. More recent text-based works incorporate declassified U.S. government documents. Memos, sworn statements, emails, court judgments, and images are used for electronics, light projections, and paintings. LED signs are integral to Holzer’s practice and have become her most visible medium. The dynamism of tickers and the linear movement of words engage viewers while they process information, altering their physical and psychological perception of meaning.