Jenny Holzer

Protect Protect (2007)

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Holzer’s works have a strong political emphasis, questioning how information is both controlled and received in the public domain. First exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 2007, 'Protect Protect' forms part of a series of screenprints that reveal sensitive government transcripts relating to America’s intervention in the Middle East. Here Holzer uses a document from the National Security Archive, enlarging a military map and setting it upon a bright background. Holzer’s technique forces us to acknowledge the interpretative power of language, where the words "protect", "suppress" and "isolate" emanate strongly against the image of a deeply divided and segregated Iraq.

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  • title: Protect Protect
  • accession number: AR00083
  • artist: Jenny HolzerAmerican (born 1950)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Painting
  • date created: 2007
  • measurements: 201.10 x 260.00 x 4.00 cm
  • credit line: ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
  • copyright: © 2016 Jenny Holzer, member Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
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Jenny Holzer

Jenny Holzer

The American installation and conceptual artist, Jenny Holzer, came to prominence in the late 1970s. Renowned for her dramatic and intentionally provocative use of text and language, she frequently employs modern technology as her artistic medium. She has projected her statements onto the landscape, printed t-shirts, created posters and plastered them around cities and flashed them as LED signs. In these messages, Holzer tackles issues such as the environment, class and family structures, and war. Her work deliberately subverts established traditions regarding art, such as where it should be shown, for whom, and with what intention. In 1990 she represented America at the Venice Biennale and her installation was awarded first prize.