Not everything at Art Basel Miami is “pretentious high art”! Check out artist Signe Pierce‘s piece which debuted at the fair, and showcased just how terrifying people and their lynch mob mentality can be towards differences in the “other”, whether it be race, sexuality, or in this case gender — and this horrifying, unbelievable case of transphobia, inhumanity and ignorance.
American Reflexxx is a short film documenting a social experiment that took place in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Director Alli Coates captured performance artist Signe Pierce as she strutted down a busy oceanside street in stripper garb and a reflective mask. The pair agreed not to communicate until the experiment was completed, but never anticipated the horror that would unfold in under an hour.
The result is a heart wrenching technicolor spectacle that raises questions about gender stereotypes, mob mentality, and violence in America.