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Andrea Fraser
Inaugural Speech
Inaugural Speech
1997
Inaugural Speech was performed during the opening of the festival inSITE97, a public art exhibition organised by the governments of the United States and Mexico that took place over five editions in the border cities of San Diego and Tijuana. Following the customary speeches given by the attending politicians, Andrea Fraser began her performance by going up to the podium to thank the organisers. After some kind words in which she spoke as an artist, she went on to talk as a curator, then as a public official and finally as an official sponsor, adopting the tone and form of a welcoming address and celebration in the often-pompous rhetoric of official speeches. Taking advantage of the format of the opening and the strong presence of Mexican federal officials who cut the tape and spoke, Fraser satirised the self-satisfied positions of bureaucrats, public officials and artistic patrons. Fraser’s ‘inaugural speech’, rich in inflections and full of political references, emphasised the mechanisms of power, financial interests and abuse of influence underlying artistic philanthropic practices as well as institutionalised ones. With her discursive performance, Fraser demanded more autonomy for artistic creation and a real and effective freedom of expression. In a border context often characterised by illegal crossings from Mexico to the United States, this reflection makes even more sense.
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original title
Inaugural Speech
year of acquisition
2017
type of object
Audiovisual recording
credits
MACBA Collection. MACBA Foundation
registration number
R.5626
date
1997
fonds
Col·lecció MACBA. Fundació MACBA
media
Two-channel video, colour, sound, 28 min 7 s
Copyright
© Andrea Fraser
original title
Inaugural Speech
registration number
R.5626
date
1997
year of acquisition
2017
fonds
Col·lecció MACBA. Fundació MACBA
type of object
Audiovisual recording
media
Two-channel video, colour, sound, 28 min 7 s
credits
MACBA Collection. MACBA Foundation
Copyright
© Andrea Fraser
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