Louis Hock. Sound: Louis Hock and Peter Otto. Two-channel video installation.
For over twenty years, Louis Hock has produced documentary films, gallery installations and public art that examines the Mexican and United States border. Focusing on issues such as undocumented migration, assimilation and the valuation of labor, his work explores perception of the cultural divide. Feral is a surreal study of disengagement between the perpetual promise of security (refuge for Mexicans and migration governance for Americans) and the illusion of control. The officers’ commission is almost performative, Hock finds: “The shoot was arranged through the PR person...so I took the license the moment provided and asked the individual officers if I could put my camera in front of them while they inspected the cars. Most all agreed.”