Photos of Oath swearing by Victoria Heilweil


The Inauguration of the People

Inspired by the Presidential Oath of Office, we invite participants to reaffirm their values by solemnly swearing themselves into a self-ascribed role and responsibility before their peers, by their chosen deity.

January 20th, 2017

On the evening of the Inauguration of President Donald Trump, we invited the public to swear an Oath of Office to uphold the Constitution of the United States. By the end of the night we had sworn in over 30 new Presidents. The Oath is provided as a fill-in-the-blanks document in 13 languages; oath-takers choose a book to swear on as well as their Chief Justice and FLOTUS, and a deity to swear to. Oaths are taken in front of a green screen and live streamed in front of footage of real Presidential inaugurations from the previous 50+ years.

First presented as the opening event of a two week residency at Royal Nonesuch Gallery in Oakland CA and the official opening of 100 Days.