Untitled Michigan Project (2017)

Fratellanza's next project, currently in development for a late-2017 Detroit debut, is a meditation on the Midwest, the people who live there, and cars.

Photographs: Eben Mannes

How'd we get here?

Fratellanza spent the final week of 2016 with four actors, creating scenes about life in the Midwest.

Getting behind the wheel of a stranger's BMW, pushing a stalled-out station wagon back home, encountering ghosts on a midnight cruise, grilling steaks over a hot air balloon burner: these images fueled the first steps in what will become a show about a particular place at a particular moment in time.

In 2017, the region faces questions about its identity and future. This project takes a poetic look at the crisis of our time; and it's way bigger than the economy.