MARCH 17 - APRIL 30, 2018 


Civic TV Laboratories is very excited to announce the opening of artist Henry G. Sanchez's multi-media based, interactive exhibition "Patriot Game" on March 17th.
PATRIOT GAME is a participatory video project where the artist Henry G. Sanchez collaborates with fellow members of the Houston Chapter of United We Dream (UWD). PATRIOT GAME is an art experiment to redefine concepts, terms and the vernacular associated with the United States social contract and values and notions of patriotism. The videos reveal how UWD members interpret and imagine new definitions of the vocabulary and language that is traditionally associated with patriotic US sentiments and values. Alternating with traditional terms are new expressions that seek to expand the notions and concepts of citizenship and patriotism. The video experiment becomes an opportunity for UWD’ers to redefine conventional terminology within a contemporary context while exploring new lexicons that make for a more expansive and inclusive notion of what it means to be an American. 
Attendees of the exhibit may also participate in a live version of PATRIOT GAME, to be live streamed for general viewing during the opening reception. 
The theme of patriotic word games continue throughout the exhibit; a zine collaboration with CIVIC TV’s Terry Suprean is available, as well as limited edition posters and prints. 
PATRIOT GAME invites viewers to play, intuit and celebrate individual expression and interpretations of citizenship.
Who determines the meaning of words like Liberty, Freedom and Choice? Do traditional terms of US patriotism allude to half-fulfilled and elusive achievements? Are concepts of citizenship interpreted according to individual environmental, political and psychological condition? Is there space in our American lexicon to introduce new vocabularies that express positivity, internal goals and aspirations? PATRIOT GAME’s experience is for all viewers to participate and consider a new lexicon for civic conversations in the United States and for all who live within its borders. 

About the artist:
Henry G. Sanchez is a project-based, interdisciplinary artist who’s practice addresses history, social and environmental justice. In 2015 he established the Law Office Center for Citizenship and Art (L.O.C.C.A.) located in Houston’s East End district. L.O.C.C.A. is social practice platform addressing issues concerning the Hispanic and Mexican-American community and proposes collaborative art projects with the people of the neighborhood. Sanchez is also the founder of the ENGLISH KILLS PROJECT, a bio-art and social practice project proposing community-based strategies to introduce bio-remediation in Newtown Creek, a Superfund site in Brooklyn, NY. His work has shown in New York City, Turkey, Spain and throughout the U.S. Sanchez is a 2014 graduate of the School of Visual Arts, M.F.A. Art Practice in Interdisciplinary Arts, in NYC. He now resides in Houston, while maintaining his project in New York.
For more information; http://www.loccart.org  &  http://www.englishkillsproject.com

A Zine created by the artist, in collaboration with the FIU-Texas & Civic TV Laboratories, to accompany the exhibition