Hope Tucker

Hope Tucker transforms what we know as a daily form of narrative through The Obituary Project, a compendium of contemporary salvage ethnography that documents the passing of cultural markers and ways of being. She has animated cyanotypes of American downwinders; recorded mobile phone footage of the last public phone booths in Finland; retraced the path of protest that closed the only nuclear power plant in Austria; and written the text of a video out of paper clips, a Norwegian symbol of nonviolent resistance. Screenings and exhibitions include the 21er Haus, Vienna; ar/ge kunst Galeria Museo, Bolzano; Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago; International Film Festival Rotterdam; New York Film Festival’s Views from the Avant-Garde; Punto de Vista, Festival Internacional de Cine Documental de Navarra; Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia; Zagreb Dox; and the 40th, 41st, 50th, and 51st Ann Arbor Film Festivals.

www.theobituaryproject.org

Bryant’s Grocery & Meat Market

(Hope Tucker, 2008–)

After buying candy at this grocery store in Money, Mississippi in 1955, 14 year old Emmett Till was brutally murdered. His killers were acquitted, fueling the civil rights movement. Historical markers...

Handful of Dust

(Hope Tucker, 2013)

Prussian blue can be used to render images and counteract radiation poisoning....

The Sea [is still] Around Us

(Hope Tucker, 2012)

Rachel Carson is dead, but the sea is still around us…this small lake is a sad reminder of what is taking place all over the land, from carelessness, shortsightedness, and...

Ellis Wilson’s Funeral Procession

(Hope Tucker, 2012)

When painter Ellis Wilson died in 1977, his documentation of the lives of people of African descent was not well known. Ten years later, his work Funeral Procession became part of...

Vermont says goodbye to Solzhenitsyn

(Hope Tucker, 2012)

The Russian writer spent twenty years in exile in a remote American village. This pixellation, part one of a diptych, was shot on the anniversary of his death. Russian with English...

Puhelinkoppi (1882–2007)

(Hope Tucker, 2010)

Marking a shift in the functioning of private and public space, after existing as a sidewalk staple for over a century, the phone booth in Finland is now extinct. The artist...

Vi holder sammen (We hold together)

(Hope Tucker, 2011)

A typeface formed by hand from paper clips spells out an imperfect construction of a national history as it visualizes a period of nonviolent resistance. Norwegian with English titles...

Noel

(Hope Tucker, 2005)

A songwriter's identity remains as obscure as his motives for penning a popular American holiday standard....

Missing in the Severe Clear

(Hope Tucker, 2001)

'Severe clear' is aviation slang for clear, crisp, blue skies with boundless visibility....

Big Star

(Hope Tucker, 2003)

The map-maker grew up down the street from where the car hit the tree and rode many a Big Star cart....

Bessie Cohen, Survivor of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

(Hope Tucker, 2000)

The last ninety years of a complex life become eclipsed by an escape from a burning building....

Lolo Ferrari

(Hope Tucker, 2001)

An obituary whittles one’s social contribution down to its barest form....