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)

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KayfabePoster_Democracy.jpg
KayfabePoster_Terror.jpg
KayfabePoster_HealthAndSafety.jpg
KayfabePoster_Freedom.jpg
KayfabePoster_UnbiasedPolicing.jpg
KayfabePoster_DueProcessofLaw.jpg
KayfabePoster_Words.jpg
Kayfabe: The American Dream
Kayfabe: The American Dream

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Kayfabe: The American Dream
Kayfabe: The American Dream

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Kayfabe: The American Dream
Kayfabe: The American Dream

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Kayfabe: The American Dream
Kayfabe: The American Dream

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Kayfabe: The American Dream
Kayfabe: The American Dream

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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

KayfabePoster_NonWhiteMaleBodies.jpg
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
KayfabePoster_NonWhiteMaleBodies.jpg
KayfabePoster_Democracy.jpg
KayfabePoster_Terror.jpg
KayfabePoster_HealthAndSafety.jpg
KayfabePoster_Freedom.jpg
KayfabePoster_UnbiasedPolicing.jpg
KayfabePoster_DueProcessofLaw.jpg
KayfabePoster_Words.jpg
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
KayfabePoster_NonWhiteMaleBodies.jpg
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

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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