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Law & Order was an American television program running on the NBC network for 19 years. It has been spun off and franchised into six American iterations, five video games, as well as French, British and Russian versions. In 2016 Donald Trump declared himself the Law and Order candidate. My friend Justine is always late, which is rather impolite. She could use some Law and Order in her life. Law and Order can simply be patronizing but at its worse can also be political shorthand for the imprisonment of millions of people.

For my exhibition at Fondazione Giuliani I will be premiering a new music video I made for the band Wolf Eyes called “I AM A PROBLEM (Enemy Ladder)”, along with a selection of movies and music videos made in the past few years. Last summer for the Berlin Biennial I made another music video for Wolf Eyes called “I AM A PROBLEM (T.O.D.D.)”, which features an alien being interviewed by Charlie Rose on the subject of immigration. This new “I AM A PROBLEM” video follows a SWAT team staked outside of a quiet family home where a woman is reading a book, oblivious to, or unconcerned about, the police activity outside her window. The book she is reading reveals dark secrets about our potential collective desire for a release from this corporeal world. I think.


In 1996 another friend of mine named Chris had a band called Razorburn 77. I don’t know why the band was called that. But they had a song called Law & Order that was just the theme song to the TV show Law & Order. It was funny at the time but also terrible. At about this time Bill Clinton had just instituted the Three Strikes Law, which was coined from the game of baseball and that sent any offender who had three felony convictions to life imprisonment no matter the severity of the crime. As it turned out, three strikes created a cruel, Kafkaesque criminal justice system that lost all sense of proportion. Shoplifting from a department store, pilfering change from a parked car, or passing a bad check could land you in prison for life. Fiction is a terrible enemy. – Will Benedict

Fiction is a Terrible Enemy by Will Benedict
Fondazione Giuliani, Rome
Through April 8

On the occasion of the show at Fondazione Giuliani, the artist will produce a book, published by CURA.BOOKS.

Der Tank of the Art Institute, Basel
For her first exhibition in France, Wu Tsang has transformed Lafayette Anticipations into a hybrid space that summons the worlds of the night and the sacred. Through this metamorphosis, the visitor is immersed in a mysterious atmosphere where recent and earlier works by the American artist are brought together.
Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisbon
JTT, New York
Édouard Montassut, Paris
Avant-Garde Institute, Warsaw
Cabinet, London
carlier | gebauer, Berlin