Lockdown Archive is short-listed for The Anamorphosis Prize 2015
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In the early morning on April 19, 2013 Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick ordered residents of Watertown, our home town, and surrounding cities and towns to “shelter-in-place,” to stay inside their homes initiating a manhunt for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The previous night Tsarnaev’s brother Tamerlan had been killed in a shootout with police in Watertown, but the younger brother eluded capture and escaped, abandoning his car a few blocks away from the shoot-out.
A vast military style manhunt was soon underway, one of the largest in the history of the United States. A twenty block area of Watertown was cordoned off by thousands of police, and numerous SWAT teams were ordered to search every home in this target area. For an entire day and into the evening we stayed indoors, watching out our windows as tanks and heavily armed soldiers went door to door, searched yards, under porches and in some blocks inside homes, as well. During the course of the lockdown many residents were ordered out of their homes without the authority of a search warrant, strip searched, and taken into police custody.
At 6 pm, having failed to find Tsarnaev, Governor Patrick lifted the “shelter-in-place” order and we were able to come outside to ponder whether the bombing suspect had escaped the area or perhaps might still be hiding nearby. An hour and a half later a resident who lived inside the search area walked into his backyard and noticed that the cover on his boat was loose. Looking under the tarp he discovered Tsarnaev alive, but lying in a pool of blood, and notified police. The ordeal had finally ended.
The book, Lockdown Archive is a collection of images all found on the web and reorganized chronologically, by category and by location, in order to provide an encyclopedic overview of the manhunt.
print on demand artists' book
limited edition of 250
signed and numbered
publication date: June 1, 2015
distributed by the artists and PhotoEye only