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HOME > PHOTO & PHOTOMONTAGE PHOTOMONTAGE FROM: LA CONCHITA MON AMOUR PROJECT
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At La Conchita, one response to disaster was to fly flags, for prayer or patriotism. I had been thinking about how film (medium format) is like a prayer flag. An imprint of something missing, the negative or the diapositive (I shot transparencies). The film materiality going into an electronic archive, losing its substantive presence but not its resonance. A stand-in for something, a metonym. Then, in 2005, the 9/11 hysteria caught fire. Everyone was flying flags everywhere. At La Conchita it was bizarre to see patriotism unfurl, as if the emotional momentum of disaster might be defied with a fine show. The alternating sequences of federal and state flags against the black film themselves a banner stuck like kids’ semi-clear band-aids over a skin wound.
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DATE: 2005-06
47 x 47 inches
(119 x 119 cm)
Chromogenic lightjet print