Proposal Title: Collateral Damage, 12/11/2007, Other
Proposal Synopsis: "Collateral Damage"Ink on paper
Each page 8.5" x 11" x approximately 80 framed pages
With "Collateral Damage," I commemorate the lives of civilians killed in the war in Iraq. Each civilian life lost is represented with an "X." The images included here show the first five pages of the ongoing series. Of a total of 655,000 civilians killed as estimated by the New York Times (October 10, 2006), the pages here tally 39,921. Each piece is set in an unfinished pine frame. The final exhibition will fill a room completely.
This work is also performed in public as an intervention in an attempt to draw attention to the daily catastrophe and to encourage dialog. An intervention consists of me simply sitting at a table marking pages with X's. A copy of the New York Times article is on hand.
My proposal is to exhibit the work specifically in locations within the United States where Iraqi civilian deaths are particularly marginalized. This work can easily travel to most any gallery or public space.
In addition, I propose to produce a book comprised simply of each drawn page reproduced at actual size.
Artist's Biography: Joshua Berger is a founder and principal of Plazm, an award-winning design studio and publisher of Plazm magazine. Berger has been recognized by numerous design publications and award shows including the AIGA Annual Show, the Art Directors Club, as well as a honorary exhibition at ZGRAF in Zagreb, Croatia. Berger's prints, installations, and street interventions often confront sociopolitical and environmental issues.
Plazm has been listed by ID magazine as one of the 40 most influential design studios in the world and received the Creative Resistance Award from Adbusters. The complete catalog of Plazm magazine resides in the SFMoMA permanent collection.