Good Luck with the Wall
The American artist gives us an aerial trip along the 3,144 kilometres of border that separate the United States from Mexico, from the Pacific to the Atlantic. In a six-minute multimedia piece that brings together more than 200,000 photographs captured by Google Earth’s satellites, Josh Begley invites us to reflect on the impracticality of building a wall to separate the two countries. It is a very visual ideological message for the world and the US president himself, Donald Trump, and it is also Begley’s response to the result of the last US elections. The author resorts to sarcasm to refer to the challenges of building a wall through deserts, swamps, rivers and mountainous terrains. In Good Luck with the Wall, produced in collaboration with the Field of Vision group, the strong political overtones of the content are articulated through images that are at times abstract and even poetic. With this choice, GETXOPHOTO shows its intention to continue embracing new narrative forms.
Josh Begley was born in San Francisco, USA, in 1984 and is based in Brooklyn, New York. He is a graduate of University of California, Berkeley and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He is an digital artist known for his data visualizations. He is the creator of Metadata+, an iPhone app that would send a push notification every time there was a US drone strike in Pakistan, Yemen, or Somalia. Apple rejected the app calling its content “crude and objectionable”, bringing the total number of rejections to 12. He works at The Intercept with journalists Jeremy Scahill, Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras. Begley is the director of two short films, Good Luck with the Wall (2016, it received Honorary Mention at 2017 Prix Ars Electronica and was nominated for an ICP Infinity Award) and Concussion Protocol (2018), both produced by Academy Award-winning director Laura Poitras. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Wired, MSNBC, The Guardian, The Atlantic, New York Magazine and the New Museum of Contemporary Art.