In Search of the Truth (Truth Booth) is an installation comprised of a touring, portable, inflatable "Truth Booth" that embarked on a world tour at the Galway Arts Festival, Ireland in 2011. The project was created by artists Hank Willis Thomas, Ryan Alexiev, and Jim Ricks of the Cause Collective. The exterior is ironically shaped like a giant cartoon speech bubble with the word "TRUTH" boldly printed on the side. The interior acts much like a photo booth, but serves to compile no longer than two minute video responses from the public. Once seated inside people are invited to record their opinions and thoughts as they finish the statement: “The truth is...”. Throughout this long-term
project the video footage will be compiled and edited into a video artwork. To expand and engage with audiences, movements of the Truth Booth and sample responses will be tracked, edited, and categorized on a website.
Mandela quote: "The truth is that we are not yet free; we have merely achieved the freedom to be free, the right not to be oppressed."
Hank Willis Thomas is a photo conceptual artist working primarily with themes related to identity, history and popular culture. He received a BFA in Photography and Africana studies from New York... more»
Tatiyana Jenkins is a Posse Scholar, second-year student at Lawrence University and a student filmmaker. As an intended Gender Studies and Video Production double major, she is dedicated to creating... more»