Prophets of Deceit examines messianic and apocalyptic cults, predictions, and prophecies as systems of restraining social behavior and how those systems ultimately influence the outcome of history. The exhibition considers the degree in which prophetic guidelines—set either by powerful individuals, extreme religions or unexpected events—play in shaping modern economic, cultural, political, and social frameworks.
The exhibition explores the theory that anticipated knowledge, fear, and irrational systems of thought about what the future may hold can indeed produce self-fulfilling prophecies. With that in mind, the participants and works of art draw inspiration from artistic and historical precedents to search for and provide insight into the world in which we currently live. Sharply questioned is the power of belief, religion, and politics within a media-saturated society.
Prophets of Deceit archive