Lovell Confronts Her Robber in 'Dear Erin Hart'

By: Vasiliki Marapas - Nov 27, 2014
References: jessamynlovell & mymodernmet
Jessamyn Lovell's project, 'Dear Erin Hart,' is dedicated to the woman who stole her wallet, and subsequently, her identity back in 2011.

When Lovell discovered she had become the victim of identity theft, she decided to pour her rage and resentment into a project that, in some ways, violated Hart's privacy and identity just as much as hers had been. Lovell tracked Hart down upon her release from prison and, as a form of vigilante justice, began to document her comings-and-goings. She describes the project as "touch[ing] on contemporary concerns of surveillance and selfhood within the information age."

To achieve closure, Lovell exhibited the series in the same place she had her wallet stolen: the SF Camerawork Gallery in San Francisco. She hopes to one day deliver Hart a letter, forcing her to acknowledge the person behind the credit card.