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Special Edition

The Crisis Tapes

Charlie Simokaitis
In “The Crisis Tapes”, Charlie Simokaitis grapples with his daughter’s gradual loss of sight and its reverberant impact on his family's psyche.
Preorder - ships June 2024

Special Edition - Preorder - Ships June
  • 24cm x 29cm
  • 144 pages, 70 tritone images
  • silkscreened hardcover
  • signed copy housed in a silkscreened slip case, with signed and editioned 8 x 10 archival inkjet print
  • Edition of 20 + 5 APs
  • ISBN 9781943146369
Standard Edition available here.

Charlie Simokaitis’ The Crisis Tapes is an account of when his daughter gradually lost her ability to see over the course of two years and experienced a powerful psychological response to her imminent, presumably diminished, reality. Depression and circular episodes of deep mental un-wellness have pervaded her subsequent life, and, reverberantly, that of his family, like a reoccurring grieving process. As parents seeking a pathway forward, they found themselves navigating a bureaucratic network of mazes, with duplicitous functionaries acting as their guides in a hall of mirrors. Over time, they found they had assumed the role of subjective interpreters of her once visible world, the descriptions of their surroundings, objects and phenomena becoming manifestly more exacting and streamlined. While their daughter, retreating from life, sought refuge in a forest of her own making, Simokaitis drew from the emotionally heightened disorientation, rage and confusion of their everyday life - a life, for his daughter, that was growing narrower by degrees, in which the act of seeing itself was being thoroughly considered.