Here are the works in the exhibit:
"Xi Jinping Seal of Approval: Détourned Krusty the Clown SofA" by Troy Davis. This work is a bitter indictment of the Chinese dictator encroaching on the American film industry. The work takes an image from The Simpsons TV show, the Krusty the Clown Seal of Approval and turns it into subversive art (portraying the Chinese dictator as Winnie the Pooh is prohibited in China). When Troy sent this image to China, it was seized by authorities and his work has been banned by the Chinese regime.
Card for the work:
"Legendary Pablum" by Troy Davis is a mixed media sculpture and mashup between the old baby food Pablum and Legendary Entertainment, a subsidiary of Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda. The not-so-subtle message is that Legendary Entertainment churns out heavily censored and mindless diversionary entertainment (i.e., pabulum). The work is also a bitter critique of Xi Jinping's Orwellian Social Credit System. The work includes another work from the "Here's To Hollywood" exhibit: "The Xi Jinping Seal of Approval: Detourned Krusty The Clown SofA" as well as the logo for the Chinese censorship agency SARFT.
"Hashtag: TankManRocks" by Troy Davis. This work It celebrates Tank Man, the hero of the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests of 1989. Les Zazous is proud to announce "The Tankman Challenge." Any filmmaker who vows to include the work in his or her film will receive a free signed and numbered print of the work.
"Xi Jinping Doesn't Want You To See This: Détournement of Early Spring." by Troy Davis. Recently, Troy heard Rob Schmitz's report on NPR about a controversial kitschy oil painting titled Early Spring that the Chinese regime suppressed. The painting is sterile propaganda that attempts to rewrite history by erasing a Communist Party official (Hua Guofeng) who fell out of favor and replacing him with Xi Jinping's father (who in the painting resembles his son more than he actually did).
For some reason, the painting was suppressed by the regime so he created a new artwork by mashing up Early Spring with his own work Hashtag: TankManRocks. Troy figured that if the party hacks in Bejing hated the original work, they would be even more cheesed off if he added Tank Man of Tiananmen Square and the #TankManRocks meme.
In the unaltered Early Spring, Xi Jinping's father Xi Zhongxun showing Communist Party officials a map of Shenzhen, a small fishing village that rapidly became a megapolis.
"Baby Boomer Safe Spaces" by Troy Davis. In this work, Troy takes on the Hollywood Right. Dennis Prager, a baby boomer, who is doing a film about the supposedly feckless millenial generation has his movie poster détourned by the artist who not-so-subtly points out that Prager, a war hawk, spent the Vietnam War at Columbia University when he had a chance to be a war hero.
"Don't Smell SARFT's Farts: Détourned SARFT Logo" by Troy Davis. The State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) has been the primary vehicle of media censorship by the Chinese Communist Party. Troy found it degrading that American film studios would subject their creations to censorship by party hacks in Beijing so he made the work.
"Détourned Operation Red Sea Movie Poster" by Troy Davis. Like Wolf Warrior II, Operation Red Sea is a propaganda film glorifying Chinese militarism. Since tanks were displayed on the movie poster, Troy thought it would be amusing to insert Tank Man of Tiananmen Square onto the poster along with the hashtag "#TankManRocks."