Security Chorus at the San Diego International Airport
Commission by Figure of Speech,
Public art project, San Diego International Airport (2018-19)
Single channel video installation (13:00 minutes, sound, loop)
Featuring T, J, and L
Camera, lighting, sound: Asa Mendelsohn, Sadie Hochman, dana washington
I put out a call to airport security workers who are also singers, inviting them to sing songs of their choosing in front of a camera. The resulting videos reflect on the relationship between a person and their work, voice and identity, and the power dynamics that often cast security personnel as enemies of pedestrians—especially members of oppressed groups. What does working in airport security do to your voice?