Jim Carrey is known to most people as a comedic genius on the silver screen, but since 2016, his Twitter feed has been the canvas for a series of satirical and subversive cartoons, penned in response to headlining news. As part of Phi’s commitment to celebrating technology-based media, the arts centre will present the world premiere of This Light Never Goes Out, featuring over 50 of Jim Carrey’s works in an exhibition running from June 20 to September 1, 2019.
The cartoons assail members of the American political Right, many who are abusing their political power to call on Twitter to ban Jim Carrey for his drawings. Combining artistic talent with a social message, the exhibition demonstrates how creative civic engagement can influence public debate, a theme that runs through all exhibitions at Phi this summer. “I don’t hate the subjects of my cartoons. I hate their unconsciousness,” says Jim Carrey. “Expressing my feelings of outrage through my art on social media has allowed me to stand in solidarity with millions of kindred spirits.”