James Billeaudeau
Civil Discord, 2017
Photographic print

For the artist, the centrality of television in American culture has promoted consumption, passivity, and a loss of identity. “The twenty-four hour cable news cycle, with its bloated fabrications and divisive rhetoric, holds us hostage to glowing screens while subjecting us to colorful advertisements. My works are staged reproductions and critiques of who we have become.” In this work, James Billeaudeau of Lafayette, Louisiana comments upon the lack of civil discourse in our times.