My practice is structured around research-based projects that examine the intersection of geo-politics and entertainment, art and propaganda. Four projects have come to define my practice.

Impression, mena (2010 – 18)

In 2009 I moved to Amman, the capital of Jordan. I started producing a body of work that draws on my experience as a foreigner living and working in the Arab World. Through irony and critique, each work interrogates the lens of (mis)understanding that colors my apprehension of contemporary issues throughout the region.

Impression, mena consists of works made in Jordan, Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria. At the time of writing, I’m developing a new project in Libya.

Ghetto Biennale (2013 – 17)

Atis Rezistans is an art collective based in Port-au Prince, Haiti. In 2009 they launched the Ghetto Biennale, an international forum for artists, filmmakers, academics and writers.

The biennale is an attempt to transform spaces considered un-navigable into ephemeral creative platforms.

Canary Space Ship (2007 – 08)

Canary Space Ship is a complex of pre-used birdcages, connected by wire, glue, tape and wool. Inside the complex are three live canaries. Each bird is tagged with an aluminum band featuring my studio address. This precaution must be taken in case the space ship is captured by extraterrestrials.

This is Rwanda (2004 – 19)

In 1994, eight hundred thousand Rwandans were slaughtered by ethnic Hutu extremists. Between 1996 and 1997 I documented this genocide on behalf of the UN Refugee Agency.

This is Rwanda examines a response that exceeds the rationality of official state- and multilateral organizations. The project consists of video, sculpture, sound and performance.


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