Phantom Limbs is an eerily provocative series of installations, paintings, and drawings commemorating September 11, 2001 by “rebuilding” the Twin Towers in various cities around the world. For Lasch, the Twin Towers’ reappearance in, for example, the popular world-traveling 9/11 commemorative installation Tribute in Light “resembled urban and mediatic phantom limbs, collective and individual manifestations of felt absence, the imagined presence of the dead and the disappeared.”
Some of the cities depicted in Phantom Limbs, such as Budapest, were chosen by Lasch because they had hosted Tribute in Light. Others sites of imaginary reconstruction in the series, as in those depicted in the images below, are places that
seemed inextricably connected with the history of the Towers, the events of 9/11, and even apparently unrelated sites that have become significant in the post-9/11 global order. These other sites include places like Baghdad’s Green Zone, Guantanamo’s Camp X-Ray, Darfur’s refugee camps, Gaza City, and Medellin.
When does a phantom limb become a xenotransplant?
You can see more of Lasch’s pointed “reconstructions” in this PDF document (p. 6). Note that the full document is part of a conceptual art project centered on a fictitious partnership between the artist (real) and an organization called Twin Towers Go Global (invented).
Here are more installation views from the Goldsmiths show courtesy of Margaret Sharrow: