The New York Times Project (2002- ongoing)
I have collected images from the New York Times issues published during the year 2002-2003. Eliciting the bodily gestures out of the news context (be it mourners of the World Trade Center, a terrorist attack in Israel, a funeral of a Palestinian, a Chechnyan, or a Russian, etc.) I reenact them in a live situation without revealing their original context.
After videotaping myself reenacting these gestures, I trace them from the video stills with pencil. By exhibiting both the tracings and the enactments, I try to illuminate some of the relationships between a photograph, its mediation, and the idea of original content, in this instance human emotional reaction to terrorism. I perform the re-enactments in public spaces such as squares, parks, museums, and malls. These public performances animate a relationship between personal emotions, display mannequins and public monuments. The locations have varied and range from a window display at a New York gallery to Foley Square in downtown Manhattan in front of the Freedom of Expression National Monument. In some cities, I took the audience on a guided tour and performed for approximately five minutes in front of each monument we visited.
This video is a documention of some of these performances