/ 2018 / /

We The People...

  • Prize
    Bronze in Book Proposal (Series Only)/Other
  • Photographer
    Stephen Spiller
  • Website

In my series “We The People…” I offer a portrait of American democracy through the lens of
President Trump’s words and actions and ask whether our country is being steered toward a
kleptocracy in which “we the people” don’t matter. I ask if those engaged in governing are
collectively seeding an achilles heel, i.e. the constant bleeding of doubt, anxiety, fear and anger
from the elected and the electorate.

I intend to parody President Trump’s childlike thinking and suggest it is akin to “zero sum theory”
which yields only imagined “winners” offset by an equivalence of “losers”. In a democracy one “wins”
if everyone benefits.

I juxtapose the President’s words with an image evincing suspicion of his veracity. Slight blurring
and skewing the image and words suggest Trump's bewildering thought process and characterize
him as incapable of, and uninterested in, behavior clearly benefitting anyone, or anything, but

I am Stephen Spiller, and I live in New York, NY, U.S.A. Since 2004, my work has been exhibited in galleries in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Buenos Aires and numerous other metropolitan locations, and in a variety of non-traditional, and traditional, venues, including Art Basel, Miami Beach. My work has been published, most recently in: Photographerâ??s Forum, Best of Photography 2011; International Photography Awards Competition Book 2011; and Musee Magazine (Issue # 2 March 2012).

Awards Over the past 10 years, I have participated in numerous gallery and museum exhibitions, both in the United States and internationally. Often my participation resulted from being selected in a juried competition. A brief sample locating my exhibiting experience follows.

United States: New York, NY; Chicago, IL; Los Angeles, CA; Miami Beach, FL; Nacogdoches, Texas; Bedminster, New Jersey; Attleboro, Maine; Lexington, VA; University Park, PA; Portland, OR; Providence, RI; Minneapolis, MN and more.

International: Buenos Aires, Argentina; Cakovec, Croatia; Arles, France; Malaga, Spain; Thessaloniki, Greece; Venice, Italy; Berlin, Germany; Barcelona, Spain; Sardinia, Italy; Milan, Italy; Bologna, Italy; and more.

I have also participated in panel discussions: Brooklyn, NY; online exhibitions: International Emerging Artists Dubai; digital group shows: Scope Miami Beach, Miami, Fl and See|Exhibition Space, New York, NY., and been published in Issues 2, 9, 11, and 12 of Musée Magazine.