Kim Roberts is a Professor of Film and Video Production at Grand Valley State University in Allendale Michigan. She is an artist whose primary work takes the form of installation and new media. Through intricate relationships between video and objects, her installations often raise questions and evoke complex feelings regarding social institutions and cultural privilege. Her latest exhibition "Thoughts and Prayers" represents a work in progress as Kim develops a proof of concept for an ongoing project. The videos currently displayed are of the artist's own family.
"Thoughts and Prayers" will eventually include hundreds of these "tiny monitors" which are 10 TinyScreen+'s chained together to create a festive string of lights. These tiny monitors will contain precious home videos of children lost to gun violence. It will not be obvious upon arrival what the contents of the videos represent but upon further investigation by the viewer, they will learn that the videos represent the children who have been lost to us. These videos or home movies are being donated to the project by friends and family members of the children. The viewer is drawn to investigate the source of those captured moments that trigger delight in watching again and again. Triggers of delight brought to an end by the trigger of a gun. "Thoughts and Prayers" are no longer enough, we as a collective community are called to do something more.
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