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American History X volume III, Manifest Decimation

Ben Turnbull’s latest show examines the history of the Indian Removal Act and ‘manifest destiny’, a belief which led to the cultural genocide of native Americans.

Bermondsey Project Space present American History X volume III, Manifest Decimation, by the acclaimed artist Ben Turnbull.

The show is the artist’s first since his highly acclaimed Saatchi Gallery presentation in 2017 and extends Turnbull’s exploration of American political and social culture in an ongoing series.

A revisionist take on the mythology of how the West was won, Manifest Decimation is comprised of seven large-scale collages executed in his trademark style using cut-outs from vintage American comics. The works examine the history of the Indian Removal Act and the concept of ‘manifest destiny’, a belief which led to the cultural genocide of native Americans. Turnbull spins this around to make the Indians the victors, and the cowboys the vanquished.

American History X volume III, Manifest Decimation runs at Bermondsey Project Space from 15 October – 2 November

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