The Executive Condolence 


January 25 - April 5, 2020

A+D Museum 

900 E 4TH Street 
Los Angeles, CA 90013 

30 years of presidential addresses following mass shootings.


“One of the most chilling, thought provoking and powerful exhibits I’ve been to in a while”

- Judith Martinez


Executive Condolence


  1. an expression of sympathy, especially on the occasion of a death, by the Executive Branch of the United States Government.

The Executive Condolence presents 30 years of presidential responses to mass shootings exploring language, the passage of time, religion and the obligation of the response to mass tragedy. Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump appear across six screens speaking in unison.

Using the repetition of language in a non-linear format, a singular speech is constructed. Entrances, exits and in-between moments create a revolving door sensation. Here we are reminded of the quirks and frailties that make up our shared human experience. The installation questions the role of media presentation and consumption. The repetition of the executive condolence through time and space sets the stage for a renewed conversation on how we respond to tragedy.

Artist: Codi Barbini
Producer: Nicole Difasi
Sound Design & Mix: Evan DeVitto
Production Assistant: Emily Pullen A+D Executive Director & Chief Curator: Anthony Morey A+D Deputy Director & Culture Curator: Leila Wahba Supported by: Crowdsourced Donations & WeTransfer