Pearl Hirshfield

Mad[e] in U.S.A
installation – construction

The work is my response to the growing White Supremacist movement and its implications. The audio portion of this work is from a video of a meeting of the White Patriot Party in Angier, North Carolina in 1986 and from an audio cassette of a Ku Klux Klan rally in Montgomery, Alabama, Jan. 16, 1993. The 1993 rally was called by the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan to protest Congress’s refusal to honor the Confederate flag, an issue still being bitterly fought.

My deep appreciation to KlanWatch of the Southern Poverty Law Center for sending me their tapes. Segments of each were excerpted to make the 12 minute continual play audio for “MAD[E] IN U.S.A.”

This work was made possible in part through a grant from the Illinois Art Council.

© Pearl Hirshfield