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The Memorial Screening (1974)
2000, 11 min, color, stereo sound

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The Memorial Screening (1974) is a fabricated video memorial comprised of photographs and home-movie excerpts of me and my family. Intentionally set to mawkish 1970s pop tunes, the funereal video presents a portrait of me as a teenager in the wake of my presumed death. I'm remembered from three familial points of view, brother and sister, mother, and father. The fictional portrayals exploit the connotative nature of photography to insinuate a tragic and emotive story. An installation version of the work was the focal point of a larger exhibition titled "Nature Mort", inspired by a post-Columbine “kids who kill” culture.
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