No Sleep
Photographs by Hee Jin Kang
Introduction by Jonathan Ames
Published by Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg, 2011
96 pp., 60 color illustrations, 8½"x10¾"

No Sleep is a series of photographs of abandoned mattresses found around New York City. I’m interested in how these beds, although mute, allude to all the things we do on them – sleep, dream, have sex. Dumped onto the streets, the mattresses are impermanent memorials to the city’s many private stories.

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"Most of us are good when we’re sleeping. And yet our beds, which hold us in our most vulnerable and innocent moments (even a violent sociopath probably looks gentle while sleeping), can be so easily tossed aside and forgotten, no longer needed."
- Jonathan Ames