Anamnesis: Ten Years Later

Anamnesis Ten Years Later, 2012
Yale Art Library, New Haven, CT


I watched the planes crash into the towers through my living room window and then saw the towers go down from my rooftop in Brooklyn across the East River.   But in my mind it really doesn’t matter where I was – every New Yorker has a story for 9/11 and like Martin Luther King’s or JFK’s funeral – or the first step of a man on the moon – each of us remembers where they were how they were: Seminal events that define place and time are that way. Like 9/11.

After 9/11 I went down by Ground Zero, escorted by a policeman through the desolate streets: I filled my pockets with the dust and took handfuls of paper back with me.  At the time, I didn’t know why I did that.  Later – determined to honor what this detritus was and what it all had been and could have been, I added it to pulp made into handmade paper which in turn became the substrate for a series of artist books called Detritus.

In more recent years, I’ve been making a series of installations that are posting walls – walls with flyers / ads / posters — where the psycho-geography of place & memory converge. They become a mapping of sorts that informs or reminds us of place of events of memory.

When I started the postings I was not at all thinking of 9/11.  Eventually I realized that it was the starting point – when a snowstorm of documents coated our City.  As such, when Yale curator, Jae Rossman, invited me to participate in the exhibition at the Library, it seemed an obvious fit – to create a new posting wall – of reflections of 9/11 Ten Years Later.  Placed on a nearby bulletin board, it is removed from the concept of exhibition – a part of the library, where viewers can be readers but potentially also participants.