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Courtesy Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. Image: the artist.
Title:

Jake

From the series "Fracking Fields"

Artist: Susie J. Lee (born 1972)
Date: 2013
Dimensions:
50 × 34 × 4 in. (127 × 109.2 × 10.2 cm)
Duration: 1 minute, 20 seconds
Medium: High-definition video portrait
Credit Line: Courtesy Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas
On View
Label TextThe subjects are workers in the oil and natural gas "fracking" industry in North Dakota, where the artist was born. She asked them to sit silently for her video camera for up to 30 minutes at a time.
The videos may cause you to feel uncomfortable—even voyeuristic—as they compel you to keep watching. But the images may also open a space for shared humanity and empathy. The workers moved from all over the country to a desolate region, seeking the new jobs and promised fortune of a booming industry. These portraits ask you to share an intimate moment with these people, lending human faces to a national headline.
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