Lost in Place: Voyages in Video

Person standing in a snowy landscape facing the sun

This series of eleven videos by an international group of contemporary artists responds to the ways in which the past year’s events have dramatically changed our experience of space. The global pandemic has greatly diminished our radius of movement—collapsing home, office, and school into a single location—and recalibrated our sense of personal boundaries. Reduced human mobility, which some scientists have called an “anthropause,” has generated unexpected consequences for our natural environment, even affecting animal behavior and air pollution levels. Other changes have bordered on the absurd: last fall, some airlines began offering “flights to nowhere” that took off, flew, and landed where they started, catering to frequent fliers frustrated by travel restrictions.

Lost in Place features videos that delve into the complicated, unusual, or uneasy relationships between people and the places they inhabit. The first four works explore diverse images of home and scenes of domestic drama; the next four highlight voyages that take us to unexpected places, real or imagined; and the final three examine nature as it collides with human culture in both subtle and dramatic ways. The videos in this series include classic works and audience favorites from the Hirshhorn’s collection, many of which have never before been shown online. They are being presented with the artists’ permission as the Hirshhorn remains closed and we find new ways to share art. Join us from May 14 to August 20 as we highlight a new video each week.


  • May 14–Jun 11

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    Jacolby Satterwhite

    American, b. Columbia, South Carolina, 1986
    Birds in Paradise
    Two-channel video; color; sound; 18:20 min.
    Proposed acquisition, November 2020
    @ Jacolby Satterwhite / Courtesy of the artist and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York

  • May 21–Jun 18

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    Hiraki Sawa

    Japanese, b. Ishikawa, 1977
    Single-channel video; black and white; sound; 9:20 min.
    Joseph H. Hirshhorn Purchase Fund, 2006 (06.2)

  • May 28–Jun 25

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    Chris Chong Chan Fui

    Malaysian, b. Borneo, 1982
    35mm film transferred to video; color; sound; 20:44 min.
    Museum Purchase, 2010 (10.2)

  • Jun 04–Jul 02

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    Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler

    Irish, American, Swiss, b. Dublin, 1965 / Swiss, b. Baden, 1962
    House with Pool
    Single-channel video; color; sound; 20:39 min.
    Holenia Purchase Fund, in memory of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 2006 (06.36)

  • Jun 11–Jul 09

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    Ragnar Kjartansson

    Icelandic, b. Reykjavík, 1976
    S.S. Hangover
    Two-channel video; color; sound; 2:46 hours
    Joseph H. Hirshhorn Purchase Fund, 2016 (16.13)

  • Jun 18–Jul 16

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    Laure Prouvost

    French, b. Lille, 1978
    Single-channel video; color; sound; 12:06 min.
    Joseph H. Hirshhorn Purchase Fund, 2018 (2018.019)

  • Jun 25–Jul 23

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    Michael Bell-Smith

    American, b. East Corinth, Maine, 1978
    Up and Away
    Single-channel video; color; sound; 6:40 min.
    Museum purchase through the contributions of members of the Contemporary Acquisitions Council and the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Purchase Fund, 2007 (07.24)

  • Jul 02–Jul 30

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    Pierre Huyghe

    French, b. Paris, 1962
    One Million Kingdoms
    Single-channel video; color; sound; 6:46 min.
    Joseph H. Hirshhorn Purchase Fund, 2019 (2019.018)

  • Jul 09–Aug 06

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    Danish, founded Copenhagen, 1993
    Flooded McDonald’s
    Single-channel video; color; sound; 21:00 min.
    Purchased jointly by Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Museum Purchase, and Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, through the Board of Owner’s Acquisition Fund, 2015 (15.6)

  • Jul 16–Aug 14

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    Carlos Amorales

    Mexican, b. Mexico City, 1970
    Dark Mirror
    Two-channel video; color; sound; 6:14 min.
    Joseph H. Hirshhorn Purchase Fund, 2007 (07.83)

  • Jul 23–Aug 21

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    Guido van der Werve

    Dutch, b. Papendrecht, 1977
    Nummer Negen (#9) The Day I Didn’t Turn with the World
    Single-channel video; color; sound; 8:40 min.
    Joseph H. Hirshhorn Purchase Fund, 2008 (08.20)

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