WAKE is a photographic and literary narrative that accounts several tragic moments that my family endured between 2008 and 2012. The story begins with e-mails between my dad and I, exchanged over the months that followed the violent eviction from his apartment and my simultaneous arrival in Ireland to study abroad. In the following chapters, WAKE gives an account of three family deaths over a short few months - drawing comparisons between economic failure and physical mortality. While my family's story is common among many regarding the effects of economic downfall in 2008, this book poses an optimistic perspective of learned appreciation through difficulty.
Each copy of WAKE is made up of a handmade clamshell box that houses four hardcover books and a ledger. On October 27, 2012, the edition was distributed at a dinner at my apartment to ten people. Once attending the dinner and accepting WAKE, their responsibility is to read the book, sign the ledger like a library card, and register their book location on a corresponding website To: WAKE From:. The reader will then decide who receives their copy of the book next, pass it on to the next person, and so on. The website will provide a visual for where each of the 10 books are in the world as well as platform for requests regarding the project's direction.
Read excerpts from WAKE here.