Abstract Numbers Of A Revolution

This monochrome black series [2011-2015] makes visible Venezuela’s soaring violence, crime and increasing media blackout during the last decade and a half. I’m interested in exploring abstract numbers’ latent potential to mobilize a condition of simultaneous disbelief, shock and alienation. “231,609: Total number of homicides registered in Venezuela from 1998-2014, in 16 years of the Bolivarian revolution” “24,980: Number of homicides registered in Venezuela in 2014” “157,808: Total number of homicides registered in Venezuela during the twelve and a half years of the revolution” “4,550: Number of homicides registered in Venezuela in 1998, at the beginning of Hugo Chavez’s first presidential term” “20,743: Number of unresolved homicide cases in the Caracas Metropolitan Area from 1998-2009” “19,113: Official number of homicides registered in Venezuela during 2009” “16,047: Number of homicides registered in Venezuela during 2009” “405: Number of kidnappings the first 100 days of 2010” “70: Number of killings per 100,000 inhabitants in 2009” “91: Percentage of unresolved homicides in 2009” “26,873: Number of kidnappings between July 2008 and July 2009” Black monochrome titles: “RCTV Closure” “Gag law” “Gag law amendments” “@InesitaTerrible’s twitter feed” “For the twitter writers, humorists and journalists whose voices have been silenced” “Every 30 minutes” “A Moment of Silence” “The Internet too” “If Only” [Staging Gallery photos: Jesse James Sinclair]

Staging Gallery, University of Iowa, 2011
Channels Exhibition, DCCC Gallery, Media, PA, curated by Allison Young, 2015