Ben Altman responds to violent turning points of modern history, how they have formed our world, and what it means to inherit these collective traumas. Through his work he tries to understand the challenges imposed by the past and use them to decode the present.
To mourn, memorialize, and activate our intractable histories he draws ideas and materials from a range of practices. Working in the context of his home and at sites around the world, he uses photography, video, and performance. His presentations vary from traditional to multi-disciplinary and interactive. Among other awards Altman has recently received a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship and a NYSCA/NYFA Fellowship for his project The More That Is Taken Away.