Susan Otto

Revenge is a Dish Best Served Cold
A site specific installation

This cross media installation examines the gun as a fluctuating signifier in modern culture and the unconscious residue of violence and fear of violence in the average psyche. Hand guns have and continue to change as a social symbol: from petty crime, to senseless killing in the inner city, to an object that embodies urban alienation and fear. The work examines the psychological residue of violence.

Abstract projections of x-rays of post surgical gunshot wounds with bullets intact, projected visual mistakes, and narratives of perpetrators and victims of violence suggest an underlying pathology that is both individual and social. Above the binary debate on gun control are the larger cultural questions - about privilege; personal responsibility; fear and vulnerability; denial and trust.

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