Ben Altman is fascinated by how violent turning points of modern history shape our world. He records performances at his home and makes work at sites of mass killing.

SITE/SIGHT

Entrance, Auschwitz II-Birkenau Death Camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau State Memorial and Museum. Republic of Poland

Site/Sight was selected for the Houston Center for Photography's 2015 Fellowship. The solo show ran from May to July, 2015, then moved to the Kopeikin Gallery in Los Angeles, CA. It is at Light Work in Syracuse, NY, April through July, 2016


THE MORE THAT IS TAKEN AWAY

Act 1. Year 2, November

The More That Is Taken Away is an earthwork and performance meditating on atrocity, set in the context of my home. It includes video, sound, and large-format B&W photographs.


SEEING MEMORIALS

Ravensbrück Concentration Camp for Women. Federal Republic of Germany

Seeing Memorials is a body of photographs made as a vistor to sites of mass killing and their associated memorials. The images use a variety of approaches: formal, romantic, and offbeat renderings of the sites and fragmentary images of texts.


My work also ranges widely: from portrait-and-interview depictions of communities to interactive guerilla public sculpture to semi-abstract photographs.