Tears of Despair, 2015-2016
This is a project that recorded the major terrorist incidents around the world from 12 November, 2015 to 12 November, 2016. During that time, and still to this day, every week multiple terrorist attacks occur killing and maiming innocent children, women and men. We hear of the incidents and respond in horror, especially when they take place in a well-known place in the West, like Nice or Orlando. But each day there are even more attacks that are barely covered in Western news.
The project began after the attacks in Paris, November 2015, including at the celebrated Bataclan Concert Hall. Having personal attachments to that city, these events were especially horrifying to me. We in the West were sickened by the attack, and stood in solidarity with the French nation. However, just the day before, November 12, a similar attack occurred in Beirut with little Western media coverage, which was all the more upsetting. Every day there are attacks around the world which are just as atrocious, just as horrifying. We in the West hardly notice. Are their lives not just as important?