"Oppenheimer," video still (2003)

"Oppenheimer," video still, 2003
16mm film transferred to digital video, 8 minute loop.
Courtesy the artist and Max Protetch, New York.

"What I’m doing in the film is thinking about Oppenheimer in Purgatory. So I set it in a tropical jungle. He’s standing on water, surrounded by hundred- year-old ferns, but this flora speaks of the tropics rather than of Los Alamos. And he’s caught there and the camera just revolves around him. So even though it’s a moving image (that is, it moves in time), think of it as a photograph that has time."

- Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle