In Seven Days...
 

1. LIGHT

2. STRUGGLE

3. HOPE

4. CHANGE

5. FEAR

6. SACRIFICE/EMBRACE

7. PEACE
 
Between August 2008 and January 2009, Nicola Green had the unique opportunity to follow Barack Obama and his team on his Presidential campaign, from his Democratic Convention nomination speech in Denver to his Inauguration in Washington D.C.

Nicola went behind the scenes collecting photographs, making sketches, and having conversations with press, campaign staff and citizens as Obama made his journey from candidate to President. Nicola set out initially to create a single portrait of Obama, as she was struck by the possible implications his campaign may have upon the future of her own mixed-race sons; she sought to understand why the story of this man had captured the interest of the entire world. But after her first trip to America to experience election night in Denver, she quickly realized that the story she was witnessing was about the American people, the campaign, and the global community more than it was about Obama as an individual.


 
Events

Sir John Soane’s Museum Selected Prints from ‘In Seven Days...’ were exhibited at Sir John Soane’s Museum from 13 - 17 February 2013 alongside William Hogarth’s series of paintings ‘An Election’. 
When the exhibition began, Nicola took part in a
panel discussion with historian and Labour MP Tristram Hunt and architect David Adjaye about the role of the artist in relation to politics, identity and history. 
 
Walker Art Gallery In Seven Days...’ made its European exhibition debut at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool on January 18 2013, where it was displayed until 14 April. View the installation shots.



BBC Radio 4 In October 2012, BBC Radio 4 aired a documentary about Nicola’s experience on Obama’s campaign and the creative process behind ‘In Seven Days...’. Listen to ‘
In Seven Days: Inside an Historic Campaign’ on SoundCloud.

Library of Congress In 2011, the Library of Congress acquired ‘In Seven Days...’ for their permanent collection. Subsequently they hosted an event with the British Council at which they announced and celebrated this acquisition, and invited Nicola Green, Matt Frei and Sarah E. Lewis to take part in a panel discussion on contemporary art, the American presidency and social change in the United States.
View the panel discussion on Vimeo.

Metropolitan Museum of Art On 20 May 2010, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York acquired ‘In Seven Days...’ as a gift from Hannah Rothschild, and described it as “an artistic and historic masterpiece”.

Harvard University In October 2010, ‘In Seven Days...’ had its public release and debut exhibition at Harvard Law School, Harvard University, where Barack Obama studied from 1988-91.
 
Process
 

The seven images in the series are a distillation of the photographs, sketches, and conversations she recorded during a total of 6 trips to America during the campaign. As part of her process Nicola collected various research materials including press cuttings, photographs and sketches, and made a variety of preliminary works.
 
A selection of ancillary works
 
Photographs from the campaign
 
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