In my studio there are approximately 7,000 front page sections of The New York Times sorted into 32 categories suggested by the photographs that appear above the fold. In 1999, struck by the preponderance of images of refugees fleeing Kosovo, I began saving the paper in March when NATO began bombing Serbian military positions in the province of Kosovo. My idea was to have a stack of newspapers that signified a war. When the air strikes ended in June of that year, it did not seem that a true resolution had been reached, so I kept collecting. The World Trade Center was attacked, and I kept collecting. I have not stopped. What had started out as my attempt to visualize a war evolved into Above The Fold, a multi-faceted project that is a concrete manifestation of contemporary trends and biases of American media and culture of the early 21st century.
There are 3 components to the project in its current form: an installation, a series of photographs, and digital animations. In the installation, the 32 stacks of newspapers of varying heights form an architectural landscape. Next to each pile, there is a small screen playing a chronological slideshow of the front pages of that pile. The second component consists of a series of photographs of the stacks printed to the actual size of the newspapers. Each print is 5-feet high corresponding to the height of the tallest piles. In the digital animations, I deconstruct certain aspects of select piles to highlight the absences and contradictions in what is given importance on the front page.
All 32 piles, Above The Fold, work in progress, November 2017
Men & A Few Women With Guns
Refugees & Migrants
Installation in progress in my studio, November 2017
Photographs of Refugees and Migrants Above The Fold of The New York Times from the NATO Bombing in Kosovo Through Trump's 100 Days, January 20 - April 29, 2017 (5 minutes with audio)