The video Make down is a 34 minute sequence shot that shows the artist removing make-up in front of a mirror. The peculiarity of the scene consists in two symbolic details: first, the make-up itself, covering his face, hair and torso - a thick kaki layer, reminding of military camouflage - and second, the paper used to remove the make-up - black and white prints of stills taken from Gillo Pontecorvo's 1965 film, "La bataille d'Alger"
Observing the sky after 11 September 2001, Dennis Adams photographed elements which had been lifted by drafts and were floating above the city of New York. The artist was only able to identify the objects after developing and enlarging the prints: you can read “He's no terrorist”. The front page of the newspaper thrusts back to 'the event' of the 21st century and is revealed only through the detailed observation of the image; the painful twist of the newspaper could be a rustling wing.
Since 1998, through site specific works, often in public spaces, or video works, Dennis Adams focuses on ambiguous characters, condemned by our recent history, revealing traumas or collective amnesia phenomena. The specific episodes from 20th or 21st century history he refers to find a relevance in today's sensitive actuality. Dennis Adams plays with the ideological power of images, by referring to cinema and media images, yet leaving their meaning open to interpretation: he does not state clearly his political stance, but underlines the complexity of history and lets the spectator form his own opinion.
Dennis Adams was born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1948. He lives and works in New York