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Ciarrocchi, Maya
Year Grant Awarded 2013

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Overburden occupies a hybrid space between video art and documentary. It centerers on the residents and landscape of the coal fields of West Virginia. The work is comprised of images of active and abandoned mines juxtaposed with time-based portraits of activists, local residents, and miners. The images reflect the conflicting realities of life in West Virginia: the lushness of the landscape and the desolation of the mines. The work is documentary in style but contains no commentary or interviews. The work aims is to create an open narrative that presents no single agenda other than exposing the complex issues surrounding energy production in the United States.