Installation view, Kate Werble Gallery, NY, 2015

Hand Catching Lead is a video installation made in the aftermath of the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014. Borrowing its title from Richard Serra’s iconic video (1968), in which the artist’s hand is shown grasping and occasionally catching falling pieces of lead, the installation re-uses an image taken on a bystander’s phone in the moments after Brown’s murder in multiple choreographic situations involving two performers: fingers swiping through the image on a iPad, two hands catching, dropping and destroying a falling iPad, skin touching skin, and two bodies falling on mattresses. Across these four videos, “lead” accrues the meaning and sound of bullets fired from a unseen cartridge, and “catching” is transformed into a restorative movement, a score for interaction, a suspension of conflict.