States of Democracy


Mia Adams      Hina Barla     Yasmina Chavez      Jake Dockins      Lindsay Garcia     Martin Krafft    Michael Marks

Ashanti McGee      Stacy Arezou Mehrfar        Kelley O’Brien



Jake Dockins


Title: Moments of Silence, 2019

About the work:

In this project, footage of moments before President Trump's press briefings on mass shootings is combined with breaking news audio clips of mass shootings from recent years. The repetitive audio clips emphasize the oversensationalized nature of the media, while also representing the desensitization of these events. The absence of the president at the podium symbolizes the lack of preventative legislative action taken by the federal government.


Jake Dockins (b. 1996) is an American artist who lives and works in Denton, TX. Working primarily in photography, Jake is interested in photography’s ability to alter perceptions of reality and the ways technology and the internet influence the consumption of media. Jake’s work has been included in exhibitions at institutions such as Czong Institute for Contemporary Art (Gimpo, South Korea), 500X Gallery (Dallas, TX), Colorado Photographic Arts Center (Denver, CO), and Houston Center for Photography (Houston, TX). In 2019, a portfolio of Jake’s work received the second-place prize at the Society for Photographic Education South Central Portfolio Throwdown. Jake is currently pursuing his BFA at the University of North Texas and is expected to graduate in the Spring of 2020.


Duration: 2 minutes 41seconds