Attack Warning

This was my first attempt at bridging the two creative worlds I found myself in: documentary and fine art. The inspiration was drawn from my experiences photographing the Occupy Wall Street movement, as well as a direct response to a court case that was taking place at the time involving a female bodied protester who was charged with assaulting a male bodied officer. Her claim: self defence. She testified in court that while attempting to clear an area of protesters, the male bodied police officer lifted her from behind and in doing so grabbed her right breast. As a knee-jerk reaction, she inadvertently elbowed him in the eye. I began to think about the intimacy of protest situations, the expectations and roles played by both protesters and police, the hierarchy of power, and the fine line between violence and sex and pleasure and pain. When creating this piece I worked with footage from my archives, appropriated imagery from the internet, and backed it with “Two Hearts in ¾ Time”, a track by the infallible masters of sound collage – The Avalanches.

  • Tracie Williams
  • Tracie Williams
  • Tracie Williams
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  • Runtime:
    2 minutes 48 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 27, 2014
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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Director Biography - Tracie Williams

Tracie Williams is a photographer, filmmaker, visual artist and creative producer. Hailing from the deserts of New Mexico and transient by nature, her spirit has brought her from the bays of Australia to the banks of the Mekong River in Laos. She now rests her weary head in the heart of the beast that is NYC. Although her roots are social documentary and street photography, her most recent quest - to experiment and discover innovative approaches to the traditional narrative - ­led her to ICP-­Bard. Tracie graduated with an MFA in Advanced­ Photographic Studies in May. She is currently a Fellow with the UnionDocs Collaborative Studio 2016.

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