Can't Afford the Freeway

Can’t Afford the Freeway, 2007-10, is a body of work structured around conversation between Elana Mann and Captain Dylan Alexander Mack, which includes video installation, collage, and a book. This project investigates how everyday moments in Los Angeles are intricately tied to Captain Mack’s stories of the Iraq war and returning home.

Can't Afford the Freeway, 2007-10, 15:22 min. trt, single channel HD video projection


Can't Afford the Freeway elucidates the power of empathic listening, and demands a deeper societal engagement with stories of conflict and war. In the video from this series, Captain Mack speaks about driving and being an Iraq war veteran as Mann attempts to understand his stories, while moving around Los Angeles County and dancing with her 2001 Subaru Legacy outback.

video still from Can't Afford the Freeway
video still from Can't Afford the Freeway
video still from Can't Afford the Freeway
video still from Can't Afford the Freeway
screening at Drive-in/ Walk-in/ Ride-in cinema at the Philadelphia Art Hotel, Philadelphia, PA
installation at REDCAT gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Wind, Fire, Wheel, 2010, 4" X 6", cut collage and acryllic paint
untitled, 2010, 4" X 6", cut collage and acryllic paint