Ballsy art collective Chim↑Pom have taken on Donald Trump’s America in their solo exhibition “The other side.” One of the most well-known contemporary iconoclasts in Japan, Chim↑Pom have previously caught rats before dyeing them yellow and red to resemble Pikachu and installing them on a Tokyo street, added depictions of the stricken Fukushima nuclear reactors to the lower-right corner of artist Taro Okamoto’s public mural in Shibuya and contributed work to an inaccessible group show within the Fukushima exclusion zone as part of their ongoing mission to be in the wrong place at the right time.

Focusing on the U.S.-Mexico border, “The other side” is an amalgam of videos, photography and installations, from which the story of four connected projects can be unravelled. The 2017 project “Libertad” is the planting of a white cross, described by Chim↑Pom as creating “a grave for the idea of liberty,” in the no-man’s land patrolled by border police. Video footage, displayed in the gallery on an iPhone, shows members of the group with a group of locals, some of whom climb over the flimsy, rusted corrugated-metal fence that separates the run-down Mexican community of Colonia Libertad from the United States.

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