Aleksandra Mir presents the Pre-Presidential Library in Hayward Gallery's HENI Project Space. In this free exhibition, Mir displays for the first time a selection from her collection of NYC tabloid covers compiled during research into the news media archives of the New York Public Library, covering the 15 year period between 1986 and 2000.
In this exhibition Mir presents a selection of 32 of the 87 covers she found with headlines relating to Donald Trump, which have been photocopied from microfiche and enlarged to almost two metres high. The covers are dominated by stories about Trump's business dealings, political aspirations or personal life, while world news, such as the possibility of nuclear war with the Soviet Union, are often given a tiny fraction of this space. Also notable is a headline from 1999 reporting Trump's intention to run as Presidential candidate for the Democratic Party. Significant in its absence from the covers is the AIDS crisis, which claimed the lives of over 75,000 New Yorkers during this period, but made the headlines just 13 times.
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