JENNY HOLZER Truth Before Power June 12 thru September 5, 2004 The show explores the United States government’s complex political and commercial relations with the Middle East from the end of the Second World War to the present, the United States’ current “war” on terrorism, the consequences of 9/11 and ensuing debate, the theory and practice of intelligence and counter-intelligence, and the problem of achieving a just and workable balance between secrecy and transparency. Almost all texts used by Holzer are US government documents – primarily official communications, reports, and letters made available to the public under the landmark legislation, the “Freedom of Information Act.” Many texts were originally “classified” or confidential at the time they were written, and remain heavily redacted. fig.: Jenny Holzer. From Survival. Times Square, New York, 1986. Spectacolor electronic sign. Photo: John Marchael © VBK, Wien, 2004 next>>>