Assume the Position

By Ginger Burrell
Morgan Hill, California: Midnight Moon Press, 2013. Edition of 25.

3.75 x 6.75" closed, extends to 36"; 20 pages. Accordion fold with pop-up text. Printed with archival inkjet on Rives BFK. Bound in paper-covered boards with paper title label. Signed and numbered by the artist on the colophon.

Ginger Burrell: "Assume the Position was sparked by a trip to Denver. I walked into a full body scanner at airport security and was asked to stand with my feet apart and my arms held up. At that point I realized that we’ve become both victims and assumed criminals in choosing to travel by air.

"We are holding not only the position that a robber would demand, 'put ‘em up,' but also the position of body searches commanded by the police, 'put your hands above your head and spread ‘em.' "To capture these feelings I photographed people with their hands up from behind and then used digital manipulation to alter the images to evoke the x-rays to which we are now subjected. Finally, I added text with sayings that a TSA agent, a police officer, and a criminal might say to any of us."