In G.O.D. We Trust

18 Mar — 22 Apr 2017 at the Postmasters Gallery in New York, United States

18 MARCH 2017
Kenneth Tin-Kin Hung, Mohammad, The Nightmare Journey, 2009. Courtesy of Postmasters Gallery
Kenneth Tin-Kin Hung, Mohammad, The Nightmare Journey, 2009. Courtesy of Postmasters Gallery

Kenneth Tin-Kin Hung’s 2009 series "In G.O.D. We Trust" will be shown in its entirety for the first time. G.O.D., in this case, stands for Global Obama Domination. The series comprises a video animation and a group of digital collages addressing the global and domestic challenges that faced the Obama administration early in his presidency.

In an attempt to heal the world, Obama The Savior reincarnates into various prophets, spiritual leaders and deities: Jesus Christ, Krishna, Abraham, Mohammad, the Yoruba Orisha God Elugua/Eshu, Buddha, and the Virgin of Guadalupe. The series remixes the theological pillars of the various belief systems, substituting key elements of the holy texts with references to the political and economical climate when Obama took office. Rather than idolizing Obama, In G.O.D. We Trust examines the hope and changes the 44th US president promised to deliver as well as the inevitable obstacles looming along the way. The frenetic speed of the video and psychedelic overload of the collages create an explosive spectacle that undermines relationships between political icons, mass media imagery, and the capitalist cathedrals where they dwell.

Where it once felt like shade thrown at the euphoria over Black Jesus, the open-eyed criticality of Tin-Kin's work now steels our resistance as we stare into the gaping maw of the orange apocalypse.

Born in 1977 in Hong Kong, Kenneth Tin-Kin Hung has been called “the John Heartfield of the digital era.” Like Heartfield, who developed photomontage technique and turned it into a form of social critique, Hung’s meticulously researched collages, animations and video games (composed entirely of imagery sourced from the web) deliver a biting satire and hit hard at the hypocrisies of political rhetoric.