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Paul Pescador: PSA

March 6, 2021 - May 30, 2021

Before red, white, and blue polling booths, images of Peanuts characters are superimposed to appear life-sized. Charlie Brown holds an apple on a stick, while Lucy van Pelt bobs for hers in a bucket of water.

PSA is a series of twelve Public Service Announcement-style videos about the mechanisms of government and civic understanding. In their research-based approach, Los Angeles-based artist and filmmaker Paul Pescador conducted a series of recorded interviews and discussions with educators, government representatives, and members of the public to examine how citizens are served by government. The result is informational and revelatory, as Pescador uncovers a range of public knowledge about our government systems. The short videos are produced in a variety of animation styles, each less than ten minutes in length. They represent a collage of dialogue with different stakeholders, as well as the artist’s own experience of moving through the world as a fellow member of the public.

Special thanks to the PSA research participants:

Robert Banks, Maura Brewer, Asha Bukojemsky, Helen Campbell, York Chang, Nateene Diu, Vyki Englert, Benjamin Farnsworth, Elaine Kahn, Rochele Gomez, Asuka Hisa, Umi Hsu, Christopher Mangum-James, Hunter Owens, Linda Theung, Tatiana Vahan, Anuradha Vikram, and three anonymous participants.


Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
1717 E 7th St
Los Angeles, CA 90021 United States
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