American Pride: Nationalism, Terrorism, and Gay Identity
In the wake of the Orlando tragedy, Jeffrey has curated several works from his own portfolio that describe a particularly unique American story. Over the last five years he has explored an obsession with his identity as a gay man, and the intersection of that identity with American nationalism and terrorism. Beyond topics of gun control and religious teachings, there are the simplicities of human suffering, self-hate, and pride.
How can art express one’s own self-loathing? How can art then comfort, heal, and provide acceptance? Through the language of art, Jeffrey will answer such questions and discuss these often-unseen ideas. He will also cite the work of other artists working in this realm including Andy Warhol’s Death and Disaster series, Andres Serrano’s The Klan series, and Felix Gonzalez-Torres’s Untitled candy installations.
Jeffrey Augustine Songco was born and raised in New Jersey to immigrant Filipino parents. He holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and an MFA from San Francisco Art Institute. He has exhibited throughout San Francisco including Steven Wolf Fine Arts and the Asian Art Museum. His writings have appeared in Art21 Blog, Bad at Sports, The Huffington Post, and Hyperallergic. He would like to be the US representative to the 2023 Venice Biennale.