TOMO77-Pandemonium

Exhibition: October 2 – 31, 2021

Pandemonium is graphic testimony to a year of uncertainty, uproar, and division.

Tomo77, a seasoned recorder of human behavior, capitalism, and social injustice, carries us from the earliest anxious days of the pandemic through more than a year of a society in the throes of political and social chaos.

Working from lockdown in his home perched above the streets of downtown Portland, Oregon, Tomo77 began documenting universal as well as his personal reactions to a period marked by isolation and confusion.

These aggregate expressions move us through the uncharted nature of a pandemic and lay bare the manifestation of our societal plagues: injustice, systemic racism and police brutality. At a time already ripe for collapse and transformation, we witness the uprising of maleficence, political corruption and xenophobic hate groups. While his prophetic style highlights the dangers of unchecked media consumption, abuse of power, and approaching environmental catastrophes, it also prompts us to imagine another way: Light in the darkness, healing and forgiveness amongst the abuse, and togetherness within the division.

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