THE MEN

Digital Video, 2010

This work is part of The Archive Series.

The Men juxtaposes the images of my father and I with the images of arrested men. The audio voice over narrates the stories of these men taken from newspapers. The arrests took place in Richmond, Virginia and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The intimate images from home movies and the mug shots of arrested me sit uneasily beside each other. In the space between the two I try to questions what one really can know from archives, be they public records or family videos. Who are we in these different documents and what do they say about our understanding of the past?

 

The Men, 2010, digital video NTSC,  5 minutes, 54 seconds.