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A multi-chaptered exploration of the staging and performance of American power in the post-9/11 era, through photographs, archival material, testimony, and video. Includes a forthcoming Radius book (2020); the 20-minute experimental documentary short film, Jade Helm; and the forthcoming double-sided film installation, Pineland.


More detailed information about this project is available on my website at

Pineland was shortlisted for the 2019 Tim Hetherington Trust Visionary Award. The jury's statement:

"Debi is developing an extraordinary documentary voice that uses factual records of fictional events to explore our relationship with truth at a time when the traditional media doesn’t know how to respond to a heaving ocean of disinformation.  The two-screen production proposed for the Visionary Award is an installation piece with potential to influence key media players who are struggling to express modern complexities and meanwhile would be essential viewing for anyone trying to make sense of what we see in the media."

Production of photographs has been supported in part by the Harpo Foundation and a Center for Emerging Visual Artists Fellowship, and Jade Helm has been supported in part by an Outpost Artist Resources Cuts & Burns video edtiting residency and a Puffin Foundation grant.

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