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Grieve with me

Single-channel video, 2019

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In Grieve with me, the video begins with a reading of an article from the Washington Post, entitled “‘Hyperalarming’ study shows massive insect loss,” from October of 2018. Key lines from the article are headlined in the video; they recount a 60-fold drop in the insect population between 1977 and 2013 in the El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico. Bird and amphibian life has been similarly affected as a result. At the beginning of the video, audio of the extremely loud coqui frog, recorded from within the forest, plays at a high volume. As the video goes on, the volume of the coqui slowly trails off, so that by the end of the video, they are reduced to silence. In the video, I recorded my face in close up as I first read the article and then set it aside, at which point I sit in silence in order to feel the grief that arises.

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