Participation in the 2017 Wheaton Biennial; Beard and Weil Galleries
Wheaton College, Norton, MA
March 1 - April 10, 2017


Camp C depicts an aerial view of the Al Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. It is currently the 5th largest camp in the world and has grown at an explosive rate since its establishment 5 years ago with the worsening of the war in Syria.
The reality of Al Zaatari, indeed all camps today, meets our criteria for a prevailing dystopia. To the ideal of utopia there is the imperfection of dystopia in these places; to the order, disorder, to security, insecurity, to productivity, lassitude.

Yet, deceptively, the camp seems to possess the qualities of logic and order when presented in the manner of a map. The qualities of chaos and disarray that exist at ground view disappear in aerial view, as elements simply disappear from the field of vision. The nature of the map suggests the supremacy of order and forethought in a situation that is actually controlled by the total opposites. In this situation: the laws of chance and the neutrality of the unforeseen are the architects of the space, symbolized by thrown dice and a game piece.

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