An Archaeology of Absence

An image-based project (both a 35mm slide installation and documentary essay film) wherein I co-opt a public photographic database from the NYC department of records. The photos from the database are property lot photographs, devoid of people and social activity. I accordingly relabel them “Locations Absent of Crime.” Notably, the photographs were originally produced during the same years that Broken Windows Theory was first published and subsequently implemented as policy in New York City. In an exercise that conflates depiction with suggestion, I reconfigure the database as a form of photojournalism that reports on an invisible war on citizens.