The 50 Most Political Art Pieces of the Past 15 Years

46. Salute to the Game, Re-directing Traffic, by White Pillows Collective, 2010

In a number of actions surrounding the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, the group of artists known as White Pillows Collective made quick commentary of the games. Among the public performance works that stood out were Chun Hua Catherine Dong's Salute to the Game and Heidi Nagtegaal's Re-directing Traffic. In the former, Dong, dressed in military fatigues, walked through the Olympics' red zone and saluted to the Olympic logo wherever she saw it displayed. Security at some point became concerned; Dong told them she had always wanted to be in the army but was too small. For Nagtegaal's work, the artist engaged with imperialist tourism. She simply redirected traffic bound for the games to a relatively abandoned area of the city, without any information as to how to return.

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