Mohamed, 17

My initial impression of the exhibition was that it was like peering into someone’s mind and looking into their thoughts. The initial room, with walls covered in text, was a kind of literal mind map of thoughts. The cryptic and somewhat deviant writing was a commentary of the modern age of information, where news outlets and social media vomit too much information and it is impossible to read and understand all of it, much like the posters plastered on the wall. The further into the exhibit I went the more and more I began to understand some of the thoughts. I thought that the back two rooms had two separate meanings behind them; the first and most striking is the political commentary on the US government’s failure to tackle the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s and the other being society’s views and opinions on abortion. The theme of information of the first room continued into the rest of the exhibition with bright neon newsreels all over the largest ‘central hub’ as well as in the back room. I thought that Holzer also explored the struggles of being a woman in a dangerous world, with paintings and banners describing the struggles faced by women. This relates to the #MeToo movement that has dominated the news cycle this year with women outing powerful men for sexual misconduct, harassment and abuse. The political overtones blend well with the sexual undertones as they are both massive influences on the modern world and the idea of information overload reflects the 24-hour news cycle the 21st century has slipped into.