My Fellow Americans (1981-1988) (2004) by Sharon Hayes 9 February - 17 March 2019

Courtesy of the artist and Tanya Leighton, Berlin

My Fellow Americans (1981-1988)
Sharon Hayes
USA, 2004
Video recording of a performance

In the ten-hour performance My Fellow Americans (1981-1988) Sharon Hayes reads 36 of Ronald Reagan’s official “Address to the Nation” speeches, beginning with the Address to the Nation on the Economy, February 5, 1981, and ending with his Farewell Address to the Nation on January 11, 1989. These speeches are always given from the Oval Office and are presumably spoken directly to the American people. In her ‘respeaking’ of these historical speeches, Hayes addresses the working of our collective memory and suggests a re-assessment of the political certainties of the past.

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