Apeing To The Right
Outland Art 

Could the speed of the NFT market—which often comes at the expense of reflection on artistic intent and sociopolitical context—allow fascist aesthetics to circulate unencumbered in a time when far-right

extremism is on the rise globally? The creators of Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) have been accused with propagating racist imagery and neo-Nazi references by artist Ryder Ripps and others. Yet this has barely impacted the high value of the NFT series. There is a long history of mainstreaming fascism through art, memes, and merchandise, from Italian Futurism to Pepe the Frog and Proud Boy-associated apparel. The innocuous presentation of the BAYC brand means that any connections to neo-Nazi imagery can be dismissed as conspiratorial speculation. But no matter what th

e intent of the creators may be, the success of BAYC raises the question of why pop culture is still profiting from racist symbols, and offers an entry point for identifying how alt-right extremists are making gains in the NFT field.

Sinjun Strom: Hot Mamma 

How do I start here? When I was a kid, I used to collect old photographs and I thought they were beautiful.

I didn’t understand how they were made or why there were so many kinds that looked so different. They all had this character to them, partially because of age, but I could tell the processes were different. I just didn’t understand it because I didn’t know anything about photography. I was in 7th grade. I have an uncle, a photographer, he keeps it for himself. He’s like a super tech nerd. I asked him why these photos look this way. What are these processes? He started explaining it to me. Photography was never interesting to me because it seemed so separated from yourself. It’s not very hands-on. But then when he started explaining these things to me, photography could be more exciting because I could be more connected to my work.