Rendition Flights

In the early 2000s, I did a lot of work investigating the CIA’s so-called “extraordinary rendition” program. This was a program to kidnap, disappear, and torture people that the agency accused of terrorism.

N5177C at Gold Coast Terminal; Las Vegas, NV; Distance ~ 1 mile, 2007
40 × 50 in.

Done mostly in collaboration with investigative journalist AC Thompson, the work involved tracking airplanes that we knew the CIA was using for the program, interviewing former prisoners, and taking a long look at the “geography” of rendition.

Workers; Gold Coast Terminal; Las Vegas, NV; Distance ~ 1 mile; 8:58 a.m., 2007
30 × 36 in.

A few projects came out of this research: the book Torture Taxi (co-authored with AC Thompson), as well as artworks like Seventeen Letters from the Deep State, The Black Sites, An Everyday Landscape, and more.

Telephone bills from CIA Rendition Flights.