GREEN GO HOME
       
     
  THE REVOLUTION WILL COME IN EVERY DIRECTION   Untitled Miami   Miami, FL 2018
       
     
  GREEN GO HOME   Gavin Brown’s Enterprise New York, NY  2013
       
     
  GREEN GO HOME   Gavin Brown’s Enterprise New York, NY  2013
       
     
  GREEN GO HOME   Gavin Brown’s Enterprise New York, NY  2013
       
     
  GREEN GO HOME   Gavin Brown’s Enterprise New York, NY  2013
       
     
       
     
  FEAR EATS THE SOUL   Mana Contemporary Jersey City, NJ 2017
       
     
  GREEN GO HOME    Mednarodni Graficni Likovni Center Ljubljana, Slovenia 2016
       
     
  GREEN GO HOME   Mednarodni Graficni Likovni Center Ljubljana, Slovenia 2016
       
     
  GREEN GO HOME   Mednarodni Graficni Likovni Center Ljubljana, Slovenia 2016
       
     
  GREEN GO HOME   The Pitch Project Milwaukee, WI  2015
       
     
  GREEN GO HOME   The Pitch Project Milwaukee, WI  2015
       
     
  GREEN GO HOME   The Pitch Project Milwaukee, WI  2015
       
     
  GREEN GO HOME   NF Galería Madrid, Spain 2015
       
     
  GREEN GO HOME   NF Galería Madrid, Spain 2015
       
     
  MAÑANA IS A QUESTION   (Collaboration with Rirkrit Tiravanija, Miguel Cardenas, and Angélica Teuta) ArtBo Fair Bogotá, Colombia  2014
       
     
  MAÑANA IS A QUESTION   (Collaboration with Rirkrit Tiravanija, Miguel Cardenas, and Angélica Teuta) ArtBo Fair Bogotá, Colombia  2014
       
     
  MAÑANA IS A QUESTION   (Collaboration with Rirkrit Tiravanija, Miguel Cardenas, and Angélica Teuta) ArtBo Fair Bogotá, Colombia  2014
       
     
  MAÑANA IS A QUESTION   (Collaboration with Rirkrit Tiravanija, Miguel Cardenas, and Angélica Teuta) ArtBo Fair Bogotá, Colombia  2014
       
     
  MAÑANA IS A QUESTION   (Collaboration with Rirkrit Tiravanija, Miguel Cardenas, and Angélica Teuta) ArtBo Fair Bogotá, Colombia  2014
       
     
  GREEN GO HOME   Youngworld Detroit, MI 2016
       
     
  GREEN GO HOME   Youngworld Detroit, MI 2016
       
     
  DO WE DREAM UNDER THE SAME SKY   The Drawing Room Manila, Philippines  2019
       
     
  DO WE DREAM UNDER THE SAME SKY   The Drawing Room Manila, Philippines  2019
       
     
  DO WE DREAM UNDER THE SAME SKY   The Drawing Room Manila, Philippines  2019
       
     
  DO WE DREAM UNDER THE SAME SKY   The Drawing Room Manila, Philippines  2019
       
     
  DO WE DREAM UNDER THE SAME SKY   The Drawing Room Manila, Philippines  2019
       
     
  DO WE DREAM UNDER THE SAME SKY   The Drawing Room Manila, Philippines  2019
       
     
  DO WE DREAM UNDER THE SAME SKY   The Drawing Room Manila, Philippines  2019
       
     
  DO WE DREAM UNDER THE SAME SKY   The Drawing Room Manila, Philippines  2019
       
     
  DO WE DREAM UNDER THE SAME SKY   The Drawing Room Manila, Philippines  2019
       
     
  DO WE DREAM UNDER THE SAME SKY   The Drawing Room Manila, Philippines  2019
       
     
  DO WE DREAM UNDER THE SAME SKY   Chaos Tokyo, Japan 2018
       
     
  GREEN GO HOME    NF Galería at Untitled Miami Miami, FL 2015
       
     
  GREEN GO HOME   NF Galería at Untitled Miami Miami, FL 2015
       
     
  GREEN GO HOME    Untitled Miami Miami, FL 2016
       
     
  GREEN GO HOME   Untitled Miami Miami, FL 2016
       
     
  GREEN GO HOME   Untitled Miami Miami, FL 2016
       
     
  GREEN GO HOME   Untitled Miami Miami, FL 2016
       
     
  GREEN GO HOME   Untitled Miami Miami, FL 2016
       
     
  GREEN GO HOME   Untitled Miami Miami, FL 2016
       
     
  GREEN GO HOME   Vargas Museum Manila, Philippines 2017
       
     
  GREEN GO HOME   Vargas Museum Manila, Philippines 2017
       
     
  GREEN GO HOME   Vargas Museum Manila, Philippines 2017
       
     
  GREEN GO HOME   Vargas Museum Manila, Philippines 2017
       
     
  GREEN GO HOME   Vargas Museum Manila, Philippines 2017
       
     
  GREEN GO HOME   MECA Art Fair San Juan, Puerto Rico 2017
       
     
  DO WE DREAM UNDER THE SAME SKY?   Chaos Tokyo, Japan 2018
       
     
  DO WE DREAM UNDER THE SAME SKY?   Chaos Tokyo, Japan 2018
       
     
  DO WE DREAM UNDER THE SAME SKY?   Chaos Tokyo, Japan 2018
       
     
  DO WE DREAM UNDER THE SAME SKY?   Chaos Tokyo, Japan 2018
       
     
  DO WE DREAM UNDER THE SAME SKY?   Chaos Tokyo, Japan 2018
       
     
GREEN GO HOME
       
     
GREEN GO HOME

GREEN GO HOME is a collaborative project by Tomas Vu and Rirkrit Tiravanija.

The story of “Green Go Home” is part myth and part folklore. It is also partially a misunderstanding, and, to some degree, an invention of the imagination.

Nonetheless, it makes for a compelling story.

The term gringo—commonly used in Latin America to describe a Western foreigner—has been assumed by many to have etymologically originated with the phrase “Green go home!” One story holds that during the Mexican-American War, American troops invaded and overwhelmed their opposition. At this time, according to legend, the American uniform frequently included green coats. Hence “Green go home!”

There are, however, alternative explanations. One earlier instance of the use of gringo can be dated to a 1786 Castilian dictionary by Terreros y Pando. In that volume the term was used to describe foreigners whose particular accents prevented them from pronouncing Castilian words properly. Moreover, in Madrid especially, the word was used to describe a person of Irish descent.

Detractors of the green coat theory have pointed out that U.S. troops wore blue during the Mexican Invasion, and therefore that myth of the phrase’s origin should be dismissed.

In 1846, Roman Catholic Americans and recent immigrants—from Ireland and Germany—were sent by the U.S. government to participate in the Mexican-American War as fighting broke out. However, a combination of resentment over their treatment by Anglo-Protestant superiors, and a realization that they were fighting for a Protestant nation against a Catholic one, led many to switch sides. The song that they frequently sang, “Green Grow the Rushes, O,” serves as another potential origin to the term gringo.

In Brazil, gringo is also thought to have been derived from the English words green and go, but with a different basis. Rather than originating from military interaction, this term came about from foreigners’ exploitation of nature.

The provocation inherent in “Green Go Home,” is positioned against the subtle underlying subtext of U.S. interventions, and colonialist attitudes, towards its neighbors in Latin American from Mexico southwards: an antagonism that has cost many lives and much strife.

In each installation, the meaning of the piece mutates. The characters and language are specific to the country in which the work is being shown, but more importantly, the people involved shape the piece. They help to print and install the works, as well as create meaning for the piece through their experiences and reflections.

The imagery itself consists of portraits derived from Google searches with text supplied by Rirkrit on top. The presence of each character—from films to music to personalities of resistance—reveals itself to the viewer as addressing the condition of the graffiti text. The figures included vary from country to country, though some figures reappear, as they are, to me, at the crux of this discussion – Ted Kazynski, Alan Turing, Barbarella, Ana Mendieta. The grid holds up the statement and reinforces the layers of interpretation, readings, and misunderstandings. “Green Go Home” is meant to be a wall of resisters, and of resistance.

  THE REVOLUTION WILL COME IN EVERY DIRECTION   Untitled Miami   Miami, FL 2018
       
     

THE
REVOLUTION
WILL
COME
IN
EVERY
DIRECTION

Untitled Miami
Miami, FL
2018

  GREEN GO HOME   Gavin Brown’s Enterprise New York, NY  2013
       
     

GREEN GO HOME

Gavin Brown’s Enterprise
New York, NY
2013

  GREEN GO HOME   Gavin Brown’s Enterprise New York, NY  2013
       
     

GREEN GO HOME

Gavin Brown’s Enterprise
New York, NY
2013

  GREEN GO HOME   Gavin Brown’s Enterprise New York, NY  2013
       
     

GREEN GO HOME

Gavin Brown’s Enterprise
New York, NY
2013

  GREEN GO HOME   Gavin Brown’s Enterprise New York, NY  2013
       
     

GREEN GO HOME

Gavin Brown’s Enterprise
New York, NY
2013

       
     
FEAR EATS THE SOUL

Occupy Mana: Artists Need to Created at the Same Scale as Society Has the Capacity to Destroy
Mana Contemporary
Jersey City, NY
2017

  FEAR EATS THE SOUL   Mana Contemporary Jersey City, NJ 2017
       
     

FEAR EATS THE SOUL

Mana Contemporary
Jersey City, NJ
2017

  GREEN GO HOME    Mednarodni Graficni Likovni Center Ljubljana, Slovenia 2016
       
     

GREEN GO HOME

Mednarodni Graficni Likovni Center
Ljubljana, Slovenia
2016

  GREEN GO HOME   Mednarodni Graficni Likovni Center Ljubljana, Slovenia 2016
       
     

GREEN GO HOME

Mednarodni Graficni Likovni Center
Ljubljana, Slovenia
2016

  GREEN GO HOME   Mednarodni Graficni Likovni Center Ljubljana, Slovenia 2016
       
     

GREEN GO HOME

Mednarodni Graficni Likovni Center
Ljubljana, Slovenia
2016

  GREEN GO HOME   The Pitch Project Milwaukee, WI  2015
       
     

GREEN GO HOME

The Pitch Project
Milwaukee, WI
2015

  GREEN GO HOME   The Pitch Project Milwaukee, WI  2015
       
     

GREEN GO HOME

The Pitch Project
Milwaukee, WI
2015

  GREEN GO HOME   The Pitch Project Milwaukee, WI  2015
       
     

GREEN GO HOME

The Pitch Project
Milwaukee, WI
2015

  GREEN GO HOME   NF Galería Madrid, Spain 2015
       
     

GREEN GO HOME

NF Galería
Madrid, Spain
2015

  GREEN GO HOME   NF Galería Madrid, Spain 2015
       
     

GREEN GO HOME

NF Galería
Madrid, Spain
2015

  MAÑANA IS A QUESTION   (Collaboration with Rirkrit Tiravanija, Miguel Cardenas, and Angélica Teuta) ArtBo Fair Bogotá, Colombia  2014
       
     

MAÑANA
IS
A
QUESTION

(Collaboration with Rirkrit Tiravanija, Miguel Cardenas, and Angélica Teuta)
ArtBo Fair
Bogotá, Colombia

2014

  MAÑANA IS A QUESTION   (Collaboration with Rirkrit Tiravanija, Miguel Cardenas, and Angélica Teuta) ArtBo Fair Bogotá, Colombia  2014
       
     

MAÑANA
IS
A
QUESTION

(Collaboration with Rirkrit Tiravanija, Miguel Cardenas, and Angélica Teuta)
ArtBo Fair
Bogotá, Colombia

2014

  MAÑANA IS A QUESTION   (Collaboration with Rirkrit Tiravanija, Miguel Cardenas, and Angélica Teuta) ArtBo Fair Bogotá, Colombia  2014
       
     

MAÑANA
IS
A
QUESTION

(Collaboration with Rirkrit Tiravanija, Miguel Cardenas, and Angélica Teuta)
ArtBo Fair
Bogotá, Colombia

2014

  MAÑANA IS A QUESTION   (Collaboration with Rirkrit Tiravanija, Miguel Cardenas, and Angélica Teuta) ArtBo Fair Bogotá, Colombia  2014
       
     

MAÑANA
IS
A
QUESTION

(Collaboration with Rirkrit Tiravanija, Miguel Cardenas, and Angélica Teuta)
ArtBo Fair
Bogotá, Colombia

2014

  MAÑANA IS A QUESTION   (Collaboration with Rirkrit Tiravanija, Miguel Cardenas, and Angélica Teuta) ArtBo Fair Bogotá, Colombia  2014
       
     

MAÑANA
IS
A
QUESTION

(Collaboration with Rirkrit Tiravanija, Miguel Cardenas, and Angélica Teuta)
ArtBo Fair
Bogotá, Colombia

2014

  GREEN GO HOME   Youngworld Detroit, MI 2016
       
     

GREEN GO HOME

Youngworld
Detroit, MI
2016

  GREEN GO HOME   Youngworld Detroit, MI 2016
       
     

GREEN GO HOME

Youngworld
Detroit, MI
2016

  DO WE DREAM UNDER THE SAME SKY   The Drawing Room Manila, Philippines  2019
       
     

DO WE DREAM UNDER THE SAME SKY

The Drawing Room
Manila, Philippines
2019

  DO WE DREAM UNDER THE SAME SKY   The Drawing Room Manila, Philippines  2019
       
     

DO WE DREAM UNDER THE SAME SKY

The Drawing Room
Manila, Philippines
2019

  DO WE DREAM UNDER THE SAME SKY   The Drawing Room Manila, Philippines  2019
       
     

DO WE DREAM UNDER THE SAME SKY

The Drawing Room
Manila, Philippines
2019

  DO WE DREAM UNDER THE SAME SKY   The Drawing Room Manila, Philippines  2019
       
     

DO WE DREAM UNDER THE SAME SKY

The Drawing Room
Manila, Philippines
2019

  DO WE DREAM UNDER THE SAME SKY   The Drawing Room Manila, Philippines  2019
       
     

DO WE DREAM UNDER THE SAME SKY

The Drawing Room
Manila, Philippines
2019

  DO WE DREAM UNDER THE SAME SKY   The Drawing Room Manila, Philippines  2019
       
     

DO WE DREAM UNDER THE SAME SKY

The Drawing Room
Manila, Philippines
2019

  DO WE DREAM UNDER THE SAME SKY   The Drawing Room Manila, Philippines  2019
       
     

DO WE DREAM UNDER THE SAME SKY

The Drawing Room
Manila, Philippines
2019

  DO WE DREAM UNDER THE SAME SKY   The Drawing Room Manila, Philippines  2019
       
     

DO WE DREAM UNDER THE SAME SKY

The Drawing Room
Manila, Philippines
2019

  DO WE DREAM UNDER THE SAME SKY   The Drawing Room Manila, Philippines  2019
       
     

DO WE DREAM UNDER THE SAME SKY

The Drawing Room
Manila, Philippines
2019

  DO WE DREAM UNDER THE SAME SKY   The Drawing Room Manila, Philippines  2019
       
     

DO WE DREAM UNDER THE SAME SKY

The Drawing Room
Manila, Philippines
2019

  DO WE DREAM UNDER THE SAME SKY   Chaos Tokyo, Japan 2018
       
     

DO WE DREAM UNDER THE SAME SKY

Chaos
Tokyo, Japan
2018

  GREEN GO HOME    NF Galería at Untitled Miami Miami, FL 2015
       
     

GREEN GO HOME

NF Galería at Untitled Miami
Miami, FL
2015

  GREEN GO HOME   NF Galería at Untitled Miami Miami, FL 2015
       
     

GREEN GO HOME

NF Galería at Untitled Miami
Miami, FL
2015

  GREEN GO HOME    Untitled Miami Miami, FL 2016
       
     

GREEN GO HOME

Untitled Miami
Miami, FL
2016

  GREEN GO HOME   Untitled Miami Miami, FL 2016
       
     

GREEN GO HOME

Untitled Miami
Miami, FL
2016

  GREEN GO HOME   Untitled Miami Miami, FL 2016
       
     

GREEN GO HOME

Untitled Miami
Miami, FL
2016

  GREEN GO HOME   Untitled Miami Miami, FL 2016
       
     

GREEN GO HOME

Untitled Miami
Miami, FL
2016

  GREEN GO HOME   Untitled Miami Miami, FL 2016
       
     

GREEN GO HOME

Untitled Miami
Miami, FL
2016

  GREEN GO HOME   Untitled Miami Miami, FL 2016
       
     

GREEN GO HOME

Untitled Miami
Miami, FL
2016

  GREEN GO HOME   Vargas Museum Manila, Philippines 2017
       
     

GREEN GO HOME

Vargas Museum
Manila, Philippines
2017

  GREEN GO HOME   Vargas Museum Manila, Philippines 2017
       
     

GREEN GO HOME

Vargas Museum
Manila, Philippines
2017

  GREEN GO HOME   Vargas Museum Manila, Philippines 2017
       
     

GREEN GO HOME

Vargas Museum
Manila, Philippines
2017

  GREEN GO HOME   Vargas Museum Manila, Philippines 2017
       
     

GREEN GO HOME

Vargas Museum
Manila, Philippines
2017

  GREEN GO HOME   Vargas Museum Manila, Philippines 2017
       
     

GREEN GO HOME

Vargas Museum
Manila, Philippines
2017

  GREEN GO HOME   MECA Art Fair San Juan, Puerto Rico 2017
       
     

GREEN GO HOME

MECA Art Fair
San Juan, Puerto Rico
2017

  DO WE DREAM UNDER THE SAME SKY?   Chaos Tokyo, Japan 2018
       
     

DO WE DREAM UNDER THE SAME SKY?

Chaos
Tokyo, Japan
2018

  DO WE DREAM UNDER THE SAME SKY?   Chaos Tokyo, Japan 2018
       
     

DO WE DREAM UNDER THE SAME SKY?

Chaos
Tokyo, Japan
2018

  DO WE DREAM UNDER THE SAME SKY?   Chaos Tokyo, Japan 2018
       
     

DO WE DREAM UNDER THE SAME SKY?

Chaos
Tokyo, Japan
2018

  DO WE DREAM UNDER THE SAME SKY?   Chaos Tokyo, Japan 2018
       
     

DO WE DREAM UNDER THE SAME SKY?

Chaos
Tokyo, Japan
2018

  DO WE DREAM UNDER THE SAME SKY?   Chaos Tokyo, Japan 2018
       
     

DO WE DREAM UNDER THE SAME SKY?

Chaos
Tokyo, Japan
2018