Active Shooter

by - January 31, 2019


Active Shooter
Video art by Coriana Close
Friday, February 15, 6-8pm
On view through March 10
Crosstown Arts Screening Room

Video art by Coriana Close
Location: Crosstown Arts Screening Room
On view through March 10

Artist Statement:
Active Shooter presents contemporary school shooting prevention culture in a montage of appropriated video shorts. The piece combines YouTube news footage from districts across the country to create an often jarring and occasionally hallucinatory montage of conflicting procedures. The video concludes with Kids to a Warzone from 2014 which juxtaposes footage from the Iraq war with testimony from students participating in active shooter drills. As American culture becomes increasingly militarized Active Shooter asks “Is this how we treat children?”

About the artist:
Coriana Close was recently promoted to Associate Professor of Photography at The University of Memphis. She has a BA in Cinema Studies with Honors in Studio Art from Oberlin College, and an MFA in Photography from The University of Arizona. Coriana works in both still photography and appropriated layered video. Conceptually her work focuses on social justice, state-sanctioned violence, and the relationship between human beings and the natural world. Her work has been noted in publications including the Philadelphia Inquirer, UA News, Athens News, Chronicle Tribune, and the Republican American. She has exhibited and lectured in universities and galleries across the United States.


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