Installation with Digital Videos, Photographs, Modular Clothing, Escape Pods, Felt Hazmat Suit, Instruction Posters and Manuals
Escape is a contemplation on a political climate that uses an ideology of fear as a means to accelerate an aggressive defense policy. These objects were made as a reaction to the US Department of Homeland Security’s ready.gov campaign, which advocated for a complete sealing of windows and doors in case of biological warfare during the US invasion of Iraq, but reflects more generally on our fantasies as humans to endlessly escape from danger or protect ourselves through new technologies rather than the difficult work of understanding difference and working through diplomacy. While abject because of the motivations behind their production, the objects are simultaneously seductive because of their space age materials and forms. Like our national defense policies, they speak much more to our own psychology than to the threat of what lies outside.