Chris Jordan / We the People

83,000 Abu Ghraib photographs.

Above: Chris Jordan, Constitution (2008). 8 x 25 feet in five panels. Via Crooks and Liars, Jordan’s new work involves the same process (past posting), this time featuring photographs of “…83,000 Abu Ghraib prisoner photographs, equal to the number of people who have been arrested and held at US-run detention facilities with no trial or other due process of law, during the Bush Administration’s war on terror.”

Part of his Running the Numbers series, Jordan makes a telling point in explaining his work: “I hope to raise some questions about the role of the individual in a society that is increasingly enormous, incomprehensible, and overwhelming.”

How uncomfortably accurate, and yet, it is positive that Jordan has found a way to give this complexity such acute and appropriate form.




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