Kayfabe: The American Dream
Kayfabe: The American Dream

Ongoing project using fictional WWE character “Frank Freedom” and professional wrestling’s concept of “Kayfabe” as a vehicle to interrogate “The American Dream” and the roll of American ideology in the US’s history of State-sanctioned violence. [Kayfabe is industry terminology for the portrayal of wresting events as "real" or “true” and not of a staged or predetermined nature, particularly rivalry narratives between performers. It has become a code word for maintaining this "reality" within the direct or indirect presence of the general public.]

Kayfabe: The American Dream
Kayfabe: The American Dream

(Installation image)

Kayfabe: The American Dream
Kayfabe: The American Dream

(Installation image)

Kayfabe: The American Dream
Kayfabe: The American Dream

Each “poster” features “Frank Freedom” vs. a theme, with the supporting “matches” corresponding to historical events throughout United States history.

MATERIALS: printed vinyl on mirrored acrylic

Kayfabe: The American Dream
Kayfabe: The American Dream

“American Dream Champion” Title Belt

Features Ronald Reagan quote: “It’s not that every man must be level with every other man, The American Dream is that every man must be free to become whatever God intendeds he should become.”

Materials: leather, enamel, Swarovski crystals, brass plating

Kayfabe: The American Dream
Kayfabe: The American Dream

“American Dream Champion” Title Belt

Features Ronald Reagan quote: “It’s not that every man must be level with every other man, The American Dream is that every man must be free to become whatever God intendeds he should become.”

Materials: leather, enamel, Swarovski crystals, brass plating

Kayfabe: The American Dream
Kayfabe: The American Dream

“American Dream Champion” Title Belt

Features Ronald Reagan quote: “It’s not that every man must be level with every other man, The American Dream is that every man must be free to become whatever God intendeds he should become.”

Materials: leather, enamel, Swarovski crystals, brass plating

Kayfabe: The American Dream
Kayfabe: The American Dream

(Merchandise)

Kayfabe: The American Dream
Kayfabe: The American Dream

“Frank Freedom vs. Terror”

US Predator Drones vs. People of Pakistan, Libya, Somalia & Yemen (Falls Count Anywhere Match)

CIA vs. Snowden (Loser Leaves Town Match)

Seal Team 6 vs. Osama Bin Laden (Bodybag Match)

NSA vs. US Citizens (Wire-tap Strap Match)

CIA & Mujahideen Freedom Fighters vs. Soviet Union (Handicap Match)

US Military & Allied Forces vs. ISSIS & Al Queda (Tag-Team Match)

Trump Muslim Ban vs. 6 Majority Muslim Nations (TSA Strip Match)

Kayfabe: The American Dream
Kayfabe: The American Dream

“Frank Freedom & For-Profit Prisons vs. American Convicts & ACLU”

Low Level Marijuana Offenders vs. Mandatory Maximum Sentencing (Tornado Tag-team Match)

Those Who Cannot Afford Bail vs. Rikers Island (Money-in-the-Bank Match)

Sheriff Joe Arpaio vs. Tent City Inmates (Chain Gang Strap Match)

John Jack Powers vs. ADX Supermax Florence (Hell-in-a-Cell Match)

Stateville Penitentiary Malaria Study vs. 441 Inmates (Lethal Lockdown Match)

Kayfabe: The American Dream
Kayfabe: The American Dream

“Frank Freedom vs Non-White /Male Bodies”

(Winner Takes All Matches):

Native American Women vs. Indian Health Service (

La Operación vs. Women of Puerto Rico

CA Asexualization Acts vs. Female Prisoners

US Army & Mustard Gas Tests vs. African-American & Japanese Troops (Tag-Team Match)

US Health Dept. Syphilis Experiment vs. Tuskegee African-American Sharecroppers (Iron Man Match)

Kayfabe: The American Dream
Kayfabe: The American Dream

“Frank Freedom vs. Democracy”

Donald Trump vs. Hilary Clinton (Special Guest Referee Vladimir Putin)

Citizens United vs. Free Speech (Money-in-the-Bank Match)

Jim Crow Literacy Tests vs. African-American Voters (Voting Rights Ladder Match)

Voting Rights Act of 1965 vs. Lifetime Voting Prohibition for Convicted Felons (Last Chance Match)

Democratic & Republican Parties vs. American Voters (Gerrymandering Handicap Match)

Kayfabe: The American Dream
Kayfabe: The American Dream

“Frank Freedom vs. Due Process of Law”

Japanese Americans vs. Executive Order 9066 (Barbed Wire Steel Cage Match)

GTMO Guards vs. Detainees (Blindfold Match)

Office of Detention & Removal Operations vs Asylum Seekers (Hell-in-a-cell Match)

US Black Sites & Extraordinary Rendition vs. Enemy Combatants (Falls Count Anywhere Match)

Kayfabe: The American Dream
Kayfabe: The American Dream

“Frank Freedom vs. Freedom”

Southern Slave Owners vs. Free Africans (Iron Man Strap Match)

I.C.E. Agents vs. Dreamers (Citizenship Ladder Match)

(Loser Leaves Town Matches):

Native Americans vs. Indian Removal Act

US Border Control vs. Immigrants

Kayfabe: The American Dream
Kayfabe: The American Dream

“Frank Freedom vs. Health & Safety” (Pick Your Poison Match)

Standing Rock Sioux vs. Dakota Access Pipeline (No Disqualification Match)

FBI vs. Prohibition Drinkers (Ambulance Match)

Governor Snyder & EPA vs. People of Flint (Lead Tap Water Wrestling Match)

MKUltra vs. Frank Olsen (Falls Count Anywhere Match)

CIA vs. Castro (Poisoned Milkshake Substance Match)

Kayfabe: The American Dream
Kayfabe: The American Dream

“Frank Freedom vs. Unbiased Policing”

Fred Hampton vs. Cointelpro

Detroit Riot Battle Royal

Rodney King vs. LAPD (Last Man Standing Match)

Michael Brown vs. Fergueson Police Dept. (Handicap Match)

Eric Garner vs. NYPD (Submission Match)

Walter Scott vs. North Charleston Police (Falls Count Anywhere Match)

Philando Castile vs. St. Anthony Police (First Blood Match)

Kayfabe: The American Dream
Kayfabe: The American Dream

“Frank Freedom vs. Words”

Political Prisoners vs. Detainees

Lies vs. Alternative Facts

Freedom Fighters vs. Terrorists

Assassination vs. Targeted Killing

Family Reunification vs. Chain Migration

Global Warming vs. Climate Change vs. Extreme Weather

Torture vs. Enhanced Interrogation

War vs. Military Conflicts

Kayfabe: The American Dream
Kayfabe: The American Dream

Performance stills

Kayfabe: The American Dream
Kayfabe: The American Dream

Performance stills

Kayfabe: The American Dream
Kayfabe: The American Dream

Performance stills

Kayfabe: The American Dream
Kayfabe: The American Dream

Performance stills

Kayfabe: The American Dream
Kayfabe: The American Dream

Performance stills

Kayfabe: The American Dream
Kayfabe: The American Dream

Performance stills

Kayfabe: The American Dream
Kayfabe: The American Dream

Take-away flyers detailing the types of industry-standard matches featured on the posters

Kayfabe: The American Dream
Kayfabe: The American Dream

Take-away flyers detailing the industry-standard types of matches featured on the posters

Kayfabe: The American Dream
Kayfabe: The American Dream
Kayfabe: The American Dream
Kayfabe: The American Dream
Kayfabe: The American Dream
Kayfabe: The American Dream
Kayfabe: The American Dream
Kayfabe: The American Dream
Kayfabe: The American Dream
Kayfabe: The American Dream
Kayfabe: The American Dream
Kayfabe: The American Dream
Kayfabe: The American Dream
Kayfabe: The American Dream
Kayfabe: The American Dream
Kayfabe: The American Dream
Kayfabe: The American Dream
Kayfabe: The American Dream
Kayfabe: The American Dream
Kayfabe: The American Dream
Kayfabe: The American Dream
Kayfabe: The American Dream
Kayfabe: The American Dream
Kayfabe: The American Dream
Kayfabe: The American Dream
Kayfabe: The American Dream

Ongoing project using fictional WWE character “Frank Freedom” and professional wrestling’s concept of “Kayfabe” as a vehicle to interrogate “The American Dream” and the roll of American ideology in the US’s history of State-sanctioned violence. [Kayfabe is industry terminology for the portrayal of wresting events as "real" or “true” and not of a staged or predetermined nature, particularly rivalry narratives between performers. It has become a code word for maintaining this "reality" within the direct or indirect presence of the general public.]

Kayfabe: The American Dream

(Installation image)

Kayfabe: The American Dream

(Installation image)

Kayfabe: The American Dream

Each “poster” features “Frank Freedom” vs. a theme, with the supporting “matches” corresponding to historical events throughout United States history.

MATERIALS: printed vinyl on mirrored acrylic

Kayfabe: The American Dream

“American Dream Champion” Title Belt

Features Ronald Reagan quote: “It’s not that every man must be level with every other man, The American Dream is that every man must be free to become whatever God intendeds he should become.”

Materials: leather, enamel, Swarovski crystals, brass plating

Kayfabe: The American Dream

“American Dream Champion” Title Belt

Features Ronald Reagan quote: “It’s not that every man must be level with every other man, The American Dream is that every man must be free to become whatever God intendeds he should become.”

Materials: leather, enamel, Swarovski crystals, brass plating

Kayfabe: The American Dream

“American Dream Champion” Title Belt

Features Ronald Reagan quote: “It’s not that every man must be level with every other man, The American Dream is that every man must be free to become whatever God intendeds he should become.”

Materials: leather, enamel, Swarovski crystals, brass plating

Kayfabe: The American Dream

(Merchandise)

Kayfabe: The American Dream

“Frank Freedom vs. Terror”

US Predator Drones vs. People of Pakistan, Libya, Somalia & Yemen (Falls Count Anywhere Match)

CIA vs. Snowden (Loser Leaves Town Match)

Seal Team 6 vs. Osama Bin Laden (Bodybag Match)

NSA vs. US Citizens (Wire-tap Strap Match)

CIA & Mujahideen Freedom Fighters vs. Soviet Union (Handicap Match)

US Military & Allied Forces vs. ISSIS & Al Queda (Tag-Team Match)

Trump Muslim Ban vs. 6 Majority Muslim Nations (TSA Strip Match)

Kayfabe: The American Dream

“Frank Freedom & For-Profit Prisons vs. American Convicts & ACLU”

Low Level Marijuana Offenders vs. Mandatory Maximum Sentencing (Tornado Tag-team Match)

Those Who Cannot Afford Bail vs. Rikers Island (Money-in-the-Bank Match)

Sheriff Joe Arpaio vs. Tent City Inmates (Chain Gang Strap Match)

John Jack Powers vs. ADX Supermax Florence (Hell-in-a-Cell Match)

Stateville Penitentiary Malaria Study vs. 441 Inmates (Lethal Lockdown Match)

Kayfabe: The American Dream

“Frank Freedom vs Non-White /Male Bodies”

(Winner Takes All Matches):

Native American Women vs. Indian Health Service (

La Operación vs. Women of Puerto Rico

CA Asexualization Acts vs. Female Prisoners

US Army & Mustard Gas Tests vs. African-American & Japanese Troops (Tag-Team Match)

US Health Dept. Syphilis Experiment vs. Tuskegee African-American Sharecroppers (Iron Man Match)

Kayfabe: The American Dream

“Frank Freedom vs. Democracy”

Donald Trump vs. Hilary Clinton (Special Guest Referee Vladimir Putin)

Citizens United vs. Free Speech (Money-in-the-Bank Match)

Jim Crow Literacy Tests vs. African-American Voters (Voting Rights Ladder Match)

Voting Rights Act of 1965 vs. Lifetime Voting Prohibition for Convicted Felons (Last Chance Match)

Democratic & Republican Parties vs. American Voters (Gerrymandering Handicap Match)

Kayfabe: The American Dream

“Frank Freedom vs. Due Process of Law”

Japanese Americans vs. Executive Order 9066 (Barbed Wire Steel Cage Match)

GTMO Guards vs. Detainees (Blindfold Match)

Office of Detention & Removal Operations vs Asylum Seekers (Hell-in-a-cell Match)

US Black Sites & Extraordinary Rendition vs. Enemy Combatants (Falls Count Anywhere Match)

Kayfabe: The American Dream

“Frank Freedom vs. Freedom”

Southern Slave Owners vs. Free Africans (Iron Man Strap Match)

I.C.E. Agents vs. Dreamers (Citizenship Ladder Match)

(Loser Leaves Town Matches):

Native Americans vs. Indian Removal Act

US Border Control vs. Immigrants

Kayfabe: The American Dream

“Frank Freedom vs. Health & Safety” (Pick Your Poison Match)

Standing Rock Sioux vs. Dakota Access Pipeline (No Disqualification Match)

FBI vs. Prohibition Drinkers (Ambulance Match)

Governor Snyder & EPA vs. People of Flint (Lead Tap Water Wrestling Match)

MKUltra vs. Frank Olsen (Falls Count Anywhere Match)

CIA vs. Castro (Poisoned Milkshake Substance Match)

Kayfabe: The American Dream

“Frank Freedom vs. Unbiased Policing”

Fred Hampton vs. Cointelpro

Detroit Riot Battle Royal

Rodney King vs. LAPD (Last Man Standing Match)

Michael Brown vs. Fergueson Police Dept. (Handicap Match)

Eric Garner vs. NYPD (Submission Match)

Walter Scott vs. North Charleston Police (Falls Count Anywhere Match)

Philando Castile vs. St. Anthony Police (First Blood Match)

Kayfabe: The American Dream

“Frank Freedom vs. Words”

Political Prisoners vs. Detainees

Lies vs. Alternative Facts

Freedom Fighters vs. Terrorists

Assassination vs. Targeted Killing

Family Reunification vs. Chain Migration

Global Warming vs. Climate Change vs. Extreme Weather

Torture vs. Enhanced Interrogation

War vs. Military Conflicts

Kayfabe: The American Dream

Performance stills

Kayfabe: The American Dream

Performance stills

Kayfabe: The American Dream

Performance stills

Kayfabe: The American Dream

Performance stills

Kayfabe: The American Dream

Performance stills

Kayfabe: The American Dream

Performance stills

Kayfabe: The American Dream

Take-away flyers detailing the types of industry-standard matches featured on the posters

Kayfabe: The American Dream

Take-away flyers detailing the industry-standard types of matches featured on the posters

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