The Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., was recently targeted by Robin Bell, a projection ‘artist’, and words in big blue letters flashed onto the entrance of the building.
There were three messages: “The President of the United States is a Known Racist and Nazi Sympathizer” appeared in bright blue on the side of the building. The second message, “#RESIST,” then the third, “We Are All Responsible to Stand Up and End White Supremacy.”
Clearly he is one of these Antifa characters.
Bell, 38, is part of a community of artists who were triggered by Trump’s response to the white supremacists rally in Charlottesville, which turned violent. He claims the purpose of his ‘art’ is to ‘make a statement that will resonate with a passersby and open a dialogue.’
Bell has been doing this ‘art activism’ for ‘more than a half-decade’ and started targeting Trump and his administration in May. Many of his demonstrations have gone viral.
PBS conducted an interview about his propaganda project that was projected outside the Trump International Hotel. Here is what he had to say…
Where did you get the idea for these projections? What’s their origin story?
This is something I’ve wanted to do since I started out in art and media 17 years ago. I’ve been creating politically-charged projections for about six years, ever since the Occupy D.C. movement. We’ve done projections against the war, against the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and against Trump’s environmental policy.
When Trump commissioned his hotel I just knew I had to do something with it.
What’s your process when choosing a statement to project?
It’s almost like making a TV show. You look at the issues and how people are talking about them, what imagery already exists, and then we start working on visuals. We work in Photoshop and After Effects to create the media, then we move on to projection mapping based on the architecture of the building upon which it’ll be seen.
Thursday night outside the Trump Hotel, how did you decide what you wanted to project? What made you choose the Trump Hotel as your background?
We started with the “Experts Agree: Trump is a Pig” because it felt good. When you bottle things up and don’t say something, you feel terrible. This was us saying something. We, as a society, need to be visually reminded that things are not okay right now.
We chose the Trump Hotel because it’s a Trump beacon on public property. He’s taken it over and could be using foreign profits to enrich himself. It’s important we don’t shy away from calling that out.
And it’s a sad day when I, as an artist, can write that the president is a Nazi sympathizer and it’s completely accurate.