Proposal Synopsis: It is very rare in any conflict that one side fully recognizes and pays tribute to the losses suffered by the other. It is even rarer, however, that the "outsiders" of a conflict contemplate the civilian devastation caused by a war taking place faraway. Usually, we are all too attached to our own regional or ethnic collective memory of loss, forgetting our common roots and destiny. My proposal for an Iraqi Memorial intends to remind civilians around the world of this universal connection.
I propose a series of site-specific events which will comprise of video projections onto or next to already existing memorials. The projections will feature extracts of everyday life in Iraq prior to the invasion. Simple, mundane moments of people who might have survived the war, but most importantly, who might have not made it through the atrocities and aftermath devastation. The sites should include memorials situated all around the world, known and less well-known, built to commemorate the casualties of conflicts from antiquity until the present day. The footage from pre-war Iraq could be assembled and distributed through the Iraqi Memorial website. The events will take place after the sunset, as darkness is required for the projections.
Artist's Biography: Bill Balaskas (Thessaloniki, Greece, 1983) is a London-based video artist whose work has been screened in many film festivals and exhibitions around the world. He is, also, an awarded writer (British Council of Greece Short Story Awards 2005) and screenwriter (Houston International Film Festival Gold Remi Award 2006). More recently (February 2008), he was invited by EMERGEANDSEE Berlin to be a festival jury member. Also, he curated a program of experimental films for EOS Festival in the National Film Theatre in London and signed a contract with Propeller Channel on SKY Digital Platform for the broadcasting of his film "Rupture".
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