Monday, January 21, 2008

Announcing: is an online exhibition and call for participation to artists, designers, architects or other interested creative individuals to propose concepts for the creation of memorials to the many thousands of Iraqi civilians killed in the War in Iraq. The project is an open call for and a repository of memorial concepts dedicated to the memory of the estimated 80,000 to over 655,000 deaths in Iraq of non-combatants as a consequence of “Operation Iraqi Freedom”.

Artists from all over the world are invited to participate in this project. The website is available in both English and Arabic language versions. The project site features a growing online exhibition of artist’s proposals featuring media ranging from traditional sculptural monuments and installations to experimental works utilizing performance, digital technologies and sound.

As a user generated content site, the project will continue to be realized dependant upon the participation of artists. New memorial proposals will be uploaded as they are received. The public is invited to view and rate the proposals on the site.

The submitted proposals may never be realized - the intent is to facilitate a process that allows for the expression of concepts as a collective, networked, creative act of remembrance that takes place in the present tense.

Participating artists include:
Tony Allard-USA, Carla Drago-Australia, Al Fadhil-Germany, Song He, China, James Hutchinson-UK, Bakh Ismail, UK, James Johnson-Perkins-UK, Sabine Kacunko-Germany, Suzanne Kanatsiz-USA, Lynn Marie Kirby-USA, Erik Krikortz-Sweden, Patrick Lichty-USA, Maria Paschalidou-Greece, John Quinn-UK, Kate Sicchio, UK, Jack Toolin-USA.

Jurors include:
Dr. Nadje Al-Ali, University of London, UK, Yaelle Amir, Curator and Writer, New York City, USA, Dr Bernadette Buckley, Goldsmiths University of London, UK, Monica Narula & Shuddhabrata Sengupta, The Raqs Media Collective, Delhi, India, Dr. David Simpson, University of California Davis, USA, John David Spiak, Curator, Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, USA, Dr. Marjorie Vecchio, Director/Curator, Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery, University of Nevada, Reno, USA

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