Photo credit: Michael Hnatov
Accession Number: C.2015.182.1
Dimensions: 12.5 in X 9.75 in
Dimensions (Metric): 31.75 cm X 24.765 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Anthony Freda
Framed mixed media collage on blackboard substrate created by Anthony Freda and titled Questions.
The piece is divided horizontally in half by a red label maker-type strip that reads, “The oil mafia is using 9/11 to impose a police state.” Beneath that line is an illustration of a man witnessing the Twin Towers ablaze and collapsing in front of him. To the right is the image of Osama bin Laden on a dart board with the words, “Osama said he didn’t do it,” running vertically alongside an American flag fragment bearing the term “false flag." More visuals throughout the piece allude to a common conspiracy theory thread that a hijacked aircraft did not strike the Pentagon. The word “missile?” appears alongside surveillance imagery of the building enveloped by a fireball, in addition to “suspicious debris.” Trailing vertically upward from this corner of the artwork is the following statement forged from newsprint: “Global police state orchestrating terrorist attacks against their own people to scare them into total submission.”
The top portion of the piece includes an image of the Twin Towers drawn in chalk and with airplanes hovering on either side, and one of which is circled with an arrow pointing to the words, “Not intercepted. Why?” and “Tower Free Falls | Too Perfect.” Enclosing this illustration is more newsprint-type text that speaks to the United States government’s orchestration of the 9/11 attacks as a means of forcing citizens to compromise their civil liberties in exchange for perceived safety. Former President George Bush’s face appears twice. In one instance, he is labeled a “puppet,” and in the other as a “traitor,” the term printed with a label maker and superimposed over his eyes. An illustration of former Vice President Dick Cheney appears with the words, “We need a Pearl Harbor” emanating from his lips." Immediately beneath that illustration is a John F. Kennedy 13-cent stamp with the text, "They got me too."
This art piece, Questions resonates with the core ideologies informing the 9/11 Truth Movement and provides a thought-provoking example of that particular dissenting voice, which emerged as part of 9/11’s legacy.
The piece was commissioned by the Village Voice to accompany an article titled “Fakes on a Plane” for the August 9, 2006, issue. The article was written by Ed Halter. In this piece, Halter surveyed films born from the 9/11 Truth Movement in its attempt to foil the official government narrative, as perpetuated by Hollywood through films like Oliver Stone/Paramount Pictures’ World Trade Center.