“Dear Ivanka, ” reads a letter to President-elect Donald Trump’s daughter, published in Artforum earlier this week. “We require to talk about your Dad.”
“It seems that some of us Americans wanted a big, white powerful Daddy, ” they wrote. “Help us Ivanka, ” they entreat further down. “Because if 46 percentage of the country wanted a Daddy, then it is from you that we need to hear what we are in for the First Daughter, his true and only beloved.”
Halt started posting to Instagram for the purposes of the name “Dear Ivanka” two weeks ago, sharing portraits of the future First Daughter in impossibly chic gowns or posing with her picturesque household. The images were affixed with scathing captions that point to what they have deemed a hypocritical value system.
“Do you believe in anything? ” they lately wrote beneath a shot of Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner.
Dear @ ivankatrump, We see how proud you are of your husband’s campaign management for your Daddy. Both inheritors of a real estate empire !!! We read his profile in Forbes. Frankly, between you and I, it’s frightening. The campaign was well run, admittedly. As Jared himself says- he utilized start-up techniques and targeted advertisement through social media that no politician had used before. He figured out how to sell racism, homophobia, xenophobia, and misogyny, with your Father as a mouthpiece. Even antisemitism- and both of you are practising Jews ?! Hate was inexpensive, inexpensive and fast and easy to sell to drive the numbers where it counted most. We don’t know whether to cry or applaud. Every period you and he are asked about how this squares with your values( both of you were once avid democrats, you call yourself a feminist) you always say you don’t care what people say, you know the Donald, he’s family. What seems to counting most is family, your family- stand by your man, stand by your numbers. It really is a family business built on the back of the American people !!! It’s hard for us to wrap our heads around. Do you believe in anything ?
On Nov. 28, Halt took to the streets, protesting in front of the Puck Building, owned by Kushner’s family. Artists like Cecily Brown, Rob Pruitt, and Marilyn Minter were in attendance. The crowd reportedly amassed 500 people in total.
Dear Ivanka described the protest as “a candlelight vigils to collectively voice the nervousness and concerns of fellow citizens in the wake of the Trump administration’s cabinet appointments and announced/ expected plans.” They voiced these anxieties, very deliberately, in a demo directed at Ivanka , not her father, the actual president-elect, or her step-mother, our country’s future First Lady.
The letter was directed at her, too.
“There are a number of reasons for this, but most specifically the letter was addressed to her because it has been built very clear to the public that she will fulfill the role of the First Lady, ” Bennett wrote in an email to The Huffington Post. “Melania has been a relatively silent figure throughout the campaign and post-election period, while Ivanka has not only been the female face of this family, but has also been granted certain privileges of access that Melania has either declined or not been offered.”
For artists in particular, Ivanka is a curious access point into the Trump administration. She is, as the three professional women and mothers behind the Artforum letter point out, a fellow #womanwhoworks. Ivanka also has a history of collecting art, scratching elbows with gallerists and artists, occupying the same spaces as Bennett( Team Gallery director ), Gingeras( curator) and Webster( psychoanalyst and cultural novelist ).
In their letter, which Bennett underlined was a statement from Halt at large, the three phase specifically to the problems associated with thinking of Trump as a “Daddy” president.
The family is sick. It’s not just your family, Ivanka. It’s the family! We live in an age which is something we know deep down that the mythos of the family is over. It merely doesn’t work. But despite this painful truth — our divorce rates, the spike in single parenting, the ossification of the concept that marriage is a viable mechanism for policing reproductive and social morality — some of America still wants a Daddy. And you and your Dad are the last dying breath of our collective phantasy.
Perhaps, more to the phase, the two of you epitomize the Family’s death: the final fingernail in the coffin. Daddy is three wives in. Ivanka, your mom, is hidden away like a shriveled, Prada-clad Miss Havisham while you and Melania — would-be sisters in a bad porn — are trotted out for the cameras like fancy prize-winning cats.
Writers across the internet have emphasized that critics can be anti-Trump without resorting to slut-shaming the women involved in his administration. The letter seems to imply that the unfavorable picture of Ivanka and Melania described above is a result of the “Daddy” president ideal.
“The father is symbolic of provision, protection, security, hope, the alleviation of nervousnes, a new sense of what is possible, ” Bennett wrote to HuffPost. “These are things that we all want and are perfectly reasonable expectations and longings in life, but not necessarily from a president and certainly not from this president, whose profiteering has significantly been constructed around ethical loopholes and legal uncertainties.”
Families, she added , no longer function as springboards to success for most of America. “We think this return of that longing for a paternalistic leader fits up neatly with this fact, ” she added. “The outcome of this election is a clear indicator that 46 percentage of America is angry and feels that something significant is’ broken, ’ that we have lost our grounding. That anchor is, in the most familiar sense, The Family.”
The letter concludes 😛 TAGEND
We will grow louder. More vigilant, more hysterical. We can’t stop plead with you, like a Rosary with the beadings repeating , no, Daddy , no, Daddy , no, Daddy, stop, Daddy, please, Daddy , no.
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