Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Ginger R. Burrell, Sandy Hook, 2013. [edition 100]

A moving and well crafted accordion book that is a tribute to the 20 children between the ages of 6 & 7 as well as 6 adult staff, whose lives were cut short by another American terrorist with a military assault rifle on December 14, 2012 at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Newtown, Connecticut. In a statement on her website Burrell addresses how she came up with the format and images for the book:

"In thinking about how to represent the children and school staff who were killed, I settled on the idea of using teddy bears for the children and apples for the adults. After spending several days purchasing individual bears and apples, I began taking the school portraits. It got harder and harder as I worked on the book; and taking the group photo left me in tears. I can't help but think of all the group photos those children will never be in: graduation, weddings, and countless family portraits. The photos are laid out in yearbook style and feature the name, birth dates and death dates for each person killed." 

12 pages at 13" x 4.5" and extended 4ft 6"


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