New American Portraits
1998
FORECAST Public Artworks/United Arts grant. Hennepin County Government Center, Minneapolis. Seven hours on March 13.

I projected a digitally shot and edited video onto a 45’ x 25’ scrim suspended from a fifth floor bridge in the Hennepin County Government Center’s 28-story atrium. The 21-minute looped piece was a documentary of 52 immigrant and refugee students at the High School for New Americans in Minneapolis (now called Lincoln International High School). The students, many of them from Somalia and Latin America, gave details of how they got to Minnesota, what their lives were like in their home country and what they’re like now. Their faces appeared to be at least 20 feet tall, which had the effect of transforming people often seen as small or insignificant, into very big people.

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