THE OBITUARY PROJECT

American artist Hope Tucker reframes the passing of sites, people, communities, freedoms, cultural markers, rituals, and ways of being. Since 2000, as director of The Obituary Project, a compendium of works that transform a daily narrative form and the antiquated documentary practice of salvage ethnography, she has documented shuttered bread factories, contested monuments, and fallen witness trees; animated cyanotypes of downwinders and old instructions for making fishing nets by hand; written the entire text of a video out of paper clips, a Norwegian symbol of nonviolent resistance; retraced the path of protest that closed the only nuclear power plant in Austria; recorded mobile phone footage of the last public phone booths in Finland; and preserved reckonings made by travelers to the site of the first detonation of an atomic bomb. 


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Vi holder sammen / We hold together

4 minutes
NO/US
2011

A typeface formed by hand from paper clips spells out an imperfect construction of a national history as it documents a period of nonviolent action. "Everyone always talks about the boys in the mountains fighting against the Nazis, but what interested me was the teachers, the clergy, and the labor movement. Those were the real resisters." 



Vi holder sammen/ We hold together has been included in screenings and exhibitions at Ann Arbor Film Festival, US (2014); ar/ge kunst Gallery Museo, Bolzano, Italy (2013); Blickle Kino, 21er Haus, Vienna, Austria (2013); Die Chic Boutique, SWDZ, Vienna, Austria (2013); Gelb Gallery, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA, US (2012); Hotel Pupik, Schrattenberg, Austria (2013); Flaherty NYC, Anthology Film Archives, NYC (2014); Literaturehaus Wien, Austria (2015); Mass Art Film Society, US (2014).