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Laurie McKenna



Press Badge - a work in progress

Drawings, assemblage, QR code interactivity, video.

Honoring the first amendment, and in particular, the freedom of the press.

“The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of the truth upon them.”

Ida B Wells

Using the U.S.Press Freedom Tracker, an online database which tracks abuse against journalists, this project transforms data into a mixed media installation honoring  the journalists working in the US in the time frame of May 2020 to January 6, 2021


David Huerta, who is associated with the US Press Freedom Tracker which is under the umbrella of the nonprofit Committee to Protect Journalists, has been a technical consultant in the creation of this project.

Press Badge is supported and made possible with funding from the Bisbee Arts Commission, the Arts Foundation of Tucson and Southern Arizona Creosote StART to Heal Grant, and an award/ mini-grant from the Confluence Center of Creative Inquiry, as part of the Fronteritades  program at the University of Arizona, which was supported by the Andrew Mellon Foundation. 

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