LA’s “Citizen X” Spreads its Message at SCOPE Basel

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(Image from Scope Basel)

Continuing our look into Scope Basel 2013 talents, we begin our next post with a question:  What is my purpose? This is the question “Citizen X” will be posing to SCOPE Basel next week in one of their many murals (above) as a part of the Untitled Artists Exhibition from Los Angeles. Consisting of four contemporary artists, the unique collaboration aims to “initiate a text-based public dialogue” through their work. They are, in other words, openly communicating on signs and buildings what we as the community have been too afraid to say out loud all along.

Marked by a red X in a circle, Citizen X leaves questions and statements all over the City of Angels, sometimes in the form of placards carried by performers in the streets, sometimes as physical murals, and sometimes as anonymous mailers. Their objective is to question by making a standout statement in the art community, not unlike the actions of the Guerilla Girls in 1985, who protested sexism in the NYC Museum of Modern Art and in the art world as a whole. The works speak for themselves:

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 (Images from Citizen X)

Other statements include:

DON’T WORK TOO HARD.

WHO CARES IF HE DOESN’T LOVE YOU, AS LONG AS HE IS RICH?

I WONDER HOW DIFFERENTLY MY LIFE WOULD BE TODAY WITHOUT ALL MY RESENTMENTS?

THE PERSON I LOVE TO HATE THE MOST IS ME.

While the identities of the four artists remain unknown, their message to the public has not gone unnoticed. Will their art have an effect on our society? Maybe, maybe not. Either way, their efforts to directly confront us politically and socially are in your face, and here to stay. Awareness of our thoughts and our actions are, after all, the first stepping stone to change. ALINA HEIM


For more information on Citizen X, check out their website.