“Why do people assume that racism will just passively die out if we wait long enough?” That’s number 307 of 1,000 questions that Selina Thompson has composed and put on cards; in this installation, visitors will enter the site and read as many of them as they wish. They are instructed to answer one card and copy one to take away with them.
As an art concept, Race Cards is ingenious in its simplicity; as an exercise, it’s powerfully generative; as political discourse, it’s at once direct and open-ended, confrontational and generous, demanding and liberating. Thompson gives us the freedom to choose and the obligation to think—two of the defining elements of any decent society. In this work, we are asked to face our own beliefs, our own hopes, our own prejudices—all in an atmosphere of calm and contemplation. This work is, quite literally, thought-provoking; it’s also deeply moving.