The Day of Two Suns
Acts of Erosion (2021) is a collaboration with Justin Deschamps created at the AIR Residency in Carrizozo, New Mexico. Through performance and photography, we sketch multiple chapters about the waves of Westward Expansion frozen in the desert.
For us, the birth of the Atomic Age is a more recent wave of Westward Expansionism, a wave of blinding, burning light. In the chapter The Day of Two Suns, we connect the nuclear history of the White Sands Missile Range and its echo in Hiroshima.
We performed rudimentary gestures evoking a detonation. Light becomes matter; matter becomes light. As a form of transfiguration, volcanic rocks cast double shadows, ash elevates into clouds, and trinitite blocks the sun. By freezing these gestures through photography, we mimic the strange temporality of the desert and suspend time.