Chronicle of Deaths Forgotten

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This piece juxtaposes images of the Statue of Liberty and looped segments of powerful choral music with textual excerpts of small lives lost and forgotten. Their stories are partly hidden by the interface, its size and color contrasts, as different words and the background itself change color over time and as the result of mouseovers. Duc Thuan makes these texts deliberately challenging to read while the Statue of Liberty is foregrounded and shown in great details, perhaps to dare its readers to allow the texts to fade into the background, becoming complicit in the forgetting of these chronicles. After all, who remembers the “poor,” the “huddled masses,” the “homeless” welcomed to the United States by this unforgettable new colossus? (Source: Leonardo Flores, I ♥ E-Poetry)

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Hannelen Leirvåg