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Exhibition of Memorial Concepts

Artist(s): Nadia Awad, United States

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Proposal Title: This War, 03/28/2008, Sculpture

Proposal Synopsis: The project consists of thousands of life-size figures of detainees, traumatized Iraqi civilians, and Iraqi children who have been mutilated by the war. The figures are made entirely of reeds and rest on reed beds, emulating the reed houses of southern Iraq. Their heads are covered in a white sheet, which alludes to the anonymity of most who have died and the nature of American violence in Iraq. I envision these thousands of reed figures floating down the Potomac River and wafting past Capitol Hill in quiet confrontation with the architects of the War. My desire with this project is to make Iraqi civilian deaths - deaths that have been dehumanized through statistical analysis and silence - a tangible, vital presence.

Artist's Biography: Nadia Awad is a visual artist and filmmaker who is based in Brooklyn. Her work traces the ways in which national narratives and family narratives implicate one another. Recently, she has been developing a project entitled "Liberation Theology." While this project focuses on the visual paraphernalia of US imperialism, Liberation Theology seeks to bridge the distance between the violence of the imperialist project and the material and spiritual culture of America. She has exhibited at the Apache Cafe in Atlanta and the Samuel J. Sacks Gallery in Toronto.

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