When we picture protest, we envision a mass. We see hordes of people storming, chanting, arms raised, fists pumped, in unison. These are the images not only in our minds eye, but also presented to us by the press, social media, and by the chronicles of history, for the success of a movement is often assumed by crowd size. And when we, as individuals, present ourselves at a demonstration, we feel empowered, virtuous, a significant part of the whole. As an artist, standing in the midst of these crowds, I was hyper aware of the stages set by the convergence of the individuals that form the collective. I began to document these gatherings; photographing the people who attend them, the press that cover them, the onlookers gawking at them — all while considering the overlap that occurs between these spheres at the junction of their meeting. "A Collective Performance," both the video piece and the photographic portraits, is a witness to this specific moment in contemporary history. Ultimately, in creating this work, I was concerned with how these actions, these performances, relate to broader concerns of the human condition.