Untitled (Spies in the Sky) 2013-Present
Archive Designation: LandAcq3
While the previous work deals with the colonialist gesture of an individual traveler, these stills reference geographic forms of colonialism enacted by military flying machines. Using familiar tropes of the sublime in landscape aesthetics, these images are soaked in film grain and point to another, archaic form of surveillance while addressing ideas of beauty in nature. The subject here is simultaneously denied and confirmed through fully recognizable ideals of geography and power. Such ideological languages are stabilized through the cultural expectations of their content, while I create conflict by foregrounding their opposites as a way to examine and frustrate social expectations of these familiar image types.