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I see in the sea nothing except the sea.
I don’t see a shore.
I don’t see a dove.

Curated by Heather M. O’Brien

Saturday, April 19 – Saturday, May 17, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 19, 6-8pm

Adam Golfer
Ashley Hunt
Carlos Motta
Samira Yamin


CCNY Conversations Series events
Roundtable discussion with the artists + video screening
Saturday, April 19, 3:30-5pm at CCNY

Additional roundtable event
Saturday, May 10, 2-5pm at CCNY
Facilitated by Amin Husain, of MTL Collective, Gulf Labor
and Global Ultra Luxury Faction (G.U.L.F.)

RSVP required for these events. Please see details below


The radio tells me my school is the next target for a shooting. I practice holding my head under the desk. I wake up in a dorm room and watch the second plane hit the tower. People are holding newspapers in the subway; they show a city that’s underwater. Light beams down through a hole in the roof of the stadium. 2,500 men sit inside Orleans Parish Prison. Water rises to their chests. I finally see his eyes on the cover of a magazine. People peer beyond the fence, hoping to catch a glimpse of the ash. He tells us we will not fail. He tells us we are with him or we are with them.

I see the snow fall on her face and I’m reminded of the ash. The desert feels cold at night, even inside the trailer. They watch the shadows shimmer from above. He tells us to get on board and do our business around the country; to go and enjoy a great American destination spot, like Disneyworld. I see a tent city at the base of the skyline. It’s dusk and the light is soft. But I can’t see the prisoners. There’s a bottomless fountain but no people. There are no images of his body. I search but my eyes are tired. I search but I don’t want to see anymore. I search but I’m completely numb. I must search.

The document tells us nothing. Let’s begin there. Now, what is the site? Is it here or is it there? How do we tell this story? A conscious choice is made to tell it otherwise—to mull over media, memorial, technology, detention. That which is unseen begins to leak, and slowly we begin to see: blue, white, foam, waves.

Please join the Camera Club of New York and Heather M. O’Brien on Saturday, April 19, from 3 - 5:30pm, for an afternoon of video screenings and a roundtable dialogue with the four artists. RSVP is required, as seating is limited. (See RSVP details below.) An opening reception will follow the discussion. A follow up roundtable event will happen on Saturday, May 10, from 2 - 5pm. To RSVP for either artist talk, please see below.

A publication in conjunction with the project will be released in the Fall of 2014; edited by Heather M. O’Brien, and published by Secretary Press.

To RSVP for the roundtable events, please email


Heather M. O’Brien is a Los Angeles based artist, educator, and organizer who works with photography, text, performance, and printed publications. She questions how life is impacted by the current political landscape, where media and capital form a complex relationship between the national and the global. Her work considers a re-telling of the patriarchal History she was taught growing up, while investigating our shared visual moment—a fractured space where corporate interest too often penetrates the optical experience. She is a founder of the Work Progress Collective in New York, and a member of Critical Resistance and School of Echoes in Los Angeles. /


Gallery hours: Monday – Saturday 12 - 6 pm


CCNY‘s guest–curated exhibitions are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

This show is also supported by the Hall Art Foundation.


CCNY is celebrating over 125 years serving the photographic and art community through this and upcoming exhibitions, lectures, and special events. For more information, contact John Stanley at or by phone at 212–260–9927.

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Adam Golfer
Adam Golfer

Samira Yamin
Samira Yamin

Ashley Hunt
Ashley Hunt

Carlos Motta, courtesy of Hall Collection
Carlos Motta, courtesy of Hall Collection