In 2007, at a time of war, I wanted to understand how my creative output connected to global conflicts. I believe that, at the center of everything are people, so I started by researching the individuals behind them in order to better understand the rationale behind mass violence. I started researching their lives, I wrote songs about them, and I stared at them for a very long time, making little figurines.
It turned out that someone else had been exploring the topic for decades: former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark, who went on to defend some of the most notorious war criminals of the late 20th century, including Saddam Hussein. In this first interview Clark shares several personal stories that give shape to Clark’s personal ideologies, including a a vivid memory of Kennedy’s wake during his time in the Department of Justice under Kennedy and Johnson.