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Installation

Lille, France

2006

The deepening divide between French society and its unassimilated immigrant populations boiled over into civil unrest in the suburbs of Paris in 2005. The installation, made in collaboration with filmmaker Mira Nair, addresses the growing xenophobia in France and Western Europe in general. Ten backlit screens evenly spaced along the main pedestrian street in Lille feature life-size fictional inhabitants of the city apparently selected at random from the street. The images shot in situ and displayed on lenticular screens produce an uncanny sense of virtual transparency with physical depth and animation. Pedestrian-viewers encounter each character sequentially. The characters perform ambiguous gestures that, in the climate of fear, could be construed as suspicious. The sequence of micro-movies produces a sense of apprehension and ultimately self-reflection about our propensity to filter information and misread it.

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