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Memory Remains: 9/11 Artifacts at Hangar 17


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This large landscape-format book, exquisitely designed and produced, features the remarkable photography created by Spanish artist Francesc Torres, who was granted special access to visit JFK International Airport's Hangar 17 after it became the repository for all significant non-human materials salvaged from the site of the World Trade Center after the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001. With his lifelong interest in questions of human memory and meaning, Torres creates photographs that turn twisted steel or smashed ambulances into objects of contemplation and wonder. Accompanying his chilling photography are several pieces of writing that address the question of what place the memory of 9/11 will take in the history of the United States and the world. Newsweek senior editor Jerry Adler writes the primary text of the book, explaining how the remains of Ground Zero came to be carried to Hangar 17 and what happened to them there. Torres himself, at home in lower Manhattan on the morning of September 11, 2001, writes a memory piece on that day and his feelings in the presence of the twisted remains months later. Yale historian David Blight offers a piece on how 9/11 will reshape American history. The book also includes a statement by the curator of the forthcoming 9/11 Museum at the World Trade Center, where some of these pieces will be displayed.

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In this companion volume to photographic exhibitions taking place in 2011 to commemorate the tenth anniversary of 9/11, photographer and artist Torres presents b&w and color photos of remnants and fragments from Ground Zero housed at Hangar 17 at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport. These include steel, emergency vehicles, personal effects, items from concourse shops, composites of compressed floors and office paper, clothes, parts of a sculpture by Alexander Calder, and the last structural beam removed from Ground Zero, which is covered with words, pictures, and mementos from the workers who salvaged it. The photos are accompanied by essays--by a journalist, a historian, and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum education director--which detail Hangar 17 and the efforts to conserve and analyze the remains, 9/11 in the context of American and world history, and the memories and meanings of the artifacts. The book also includes a narrative by Torres on the experience of photographing the objects. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

About the Author

Photographer Francesc Torres combines performance, photography, and video, creating works that question social order and the interactions between political and economic power. He is especially interested in the influence of memory on the present, which is his interest in the remains of 9/11. Torres' media projects have been included in solo exhibitions at the Whitney Museum in New York; the Capp Street Project in San Francisco; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Gardens in Washington, D.C.; the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego; and in museums around the world, including Madrid, Mexico City, St. Petersburg, and Prague.

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Torres, Francesc
National Geographic Society
Photo Essays
Photography-Anthologies and History
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70 COLOR and 20 B/W PHOTOS
9.3 x 12.15 x 0.88 in 3.18 lb

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