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Exhibition of Memorial Concepts

Artist(s): Diane Bush, United States

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Proposal Title: Out of Site, 02/24/2010, Performance

Proposal Synopsis: I propose a public performance that utilizes photography and bleach . Similar to my public performance, “The ImBLEACHment of George W. Bush”, (Youtube). I will gradually bleach out a photo that represents all the Iraqi citizens that have been killed in this war, but were never part of our national consciousness because of the lack of news coverage and a national denial that the Bush Administration encouraged through censorship. Actors and actresses dressed as news anchors and politicians (or members of the public) will gradually apply bleach to a mural size photo that represents the hundreds of thousands killed. It may be one face, or a montage of faces and numbers. The end result will be primarily white, with colored streaks. This abstract image can be auctioned off at a later date to fund the project or go to Doctors Without Borders, to help survivors with lost limbs, etc.

Artist's Biography: At 18, Bush emigrated to England because of the Vietnam War. After 10 years she returned to Buffalo. Bush earned an M.F.A. from S.U.N.Y. Afterwards she worked as photographer at local TV affiliates while pursuing her art. Bush worked as Photography Department Coordinator at Villa Maria College. While her students won prizes, Bush won awards from Kodak, Polaroid, Nikon, etc. Bush has exhibited / published locally, nationally, and internationally. Once in Las Vegas, Bush received awards from the Nevada Arts Council. She continues to impact local arts through volunteer work. Bush’s monograph, WARHEADS satirizes news censorship of the Iraqi War.

Artist's Website: http://www.dianebush.net

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