The More That Is Taken Away is a meditation on mass violence and what it means to inherit such histories. An eight-year solo attempt to come to terms with historical evil, it takes place at a mass-grave-like excavation behind my house in rural upstate New York. It is a performance in three Acts, a cycle from creation to catastrophe and back. Begun in late 2011, the project is planned to conclude in 2019, with post-production in 2019/2020. The traces of the work are a complete video record and large-format black-and-white photographs. These materials are exhibited in a variety of ways, from a mid-length movie to a large installation with the photographs, projections, and multi-channel video, to an artist book. The project is supported by a 2019 Guggenheim Fellowship plus a 2019 Individual Artist grant and a 2012 Film Finishing Funds grant by the New York State Council on the Arts. 

Work-in-Progess Video (20:07)  

Short Introductory Video (4:57)

Video of recent work (draft) (3:47)

The videos are work-in-progress edits. The final version is expected to run about 45 minutes. The edit consists of clips from the full-length video archive, which contains several hundred hours of recordings.

Project Statement

Portfolio: Selected Photographs

Photographs, Act 1   

Photographs, Act 2 

Photographs, Act 3