Save the Presidents is a multi-chaptered project made in collaboration with Tali Keren that began with a short film. The experimental documentary focuses on the deterioration of forty-three monumental sculptures of former American Presidents situated in a field in rural Virginia and the labor that surrounds them. Structured over the course of a day, Save the Presidents begins with the busts sitting drenched in the morning sunlight as manual laborers arrive at the field for work. As the light wanes and the laborers leave, the presidents are left alone to watch the sunset fade to black; their profiles transforming into dimly lit abstractions. The film explores the promise and instability of political mythology while raising questions about depictions of democracy, whiteness, and gender.
Save the Presidents, collaboration with Tali Keren, 2017, 4K video, 2m42s clip from 13m film
Save the Presidents, collaboration with Tali Keren, 2017, still from 4K video