In Seven Days... 2009 was created after 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 in August 2008 to his Inauguration in Washington D.C. in January 2009.
Green 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.
"In our increasingly aggressive instant and ephemeral culture, every powerful image is reproduced thousands of times, flung around the world at the speed of light to be devoured then, as instantly, disregarded and trashed...
In Seven Days deliberately toys with the techniques of the mass media – screen-printing, magazine cuttings and photography snapped on the move ... in reframing the moment when a black man became president of a former slave-owning nation, [Nicola] is allowing us to visit the tattered dreams of our childhood, the last time we truly believed we could do anything."
-'In Seven Days...' Stephen Armstrong (Sunday Times journalist), 2013
"In Seven Days..." Exhibition at the Walker Gallery, Liverpool
18 January - 14 April 2013
Green also held a workshop during her exhibition in conjunction with this display at the Walker Gallery.