Dailey has visited 60 countries interviewing a broad range of individuals for a long-term project titled Words. This major endeavor is an exploration of words and the role each person's culture plays in his/her response to concepts such as war, love, happiness, freedom, etc. The results are edited into a kaleidoscopic grid in which each screen depicts a specific word. The identity of each individual is established by a backdrop of his/her respective national flag. The project aims to achieve a better understanding of identity and to gain broader cultural perspective of global contemporary phenomena. The goal is to visit 100 countries on seven continents to ensure a broad diversity of cultures and nationalities. The multi-screen installation will premier in January 2018 at the Katzen Art Center in Washington D.C., followed by several international venues.
Countries visited and represented to date are:
Algeria, Antarctica, Argentina, Australia, Bhutan, Bosnia, Botswana, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Denmark, Ecuador, England, Estonia, Figi, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Latvia, Lithuania, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Mexico, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Oman, Palau, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Rwanda, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Syria (refugee camp in Bulgaria), Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United States, Uruguay, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
You can follow the artist in his international odyssey on the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WordsBrianDailey/