Proposal Title: Kiss Me/Kill Me, I'm Iraqi, 03/11/2008, Mixed media
Proposal Synopsis: The "Kiss me/Kill me I'm Iraqi" project consists of 2 aspects. First, I would make t-shirts with "Kiss Me I'm Iraqi" printed on the front, and "Kill Me I'm Iraqi" printed on the back (image hesh1.jpg). I would photograph a model wearing the printed t-shirt in public places such as walking down city streets, tourist attractions, and shopping malls (similar project hesh2). Both the front and back of the model wearing the shirt would be photographed at each location. Finished artworks would consist of two images next to each other: left side "Kiss Me," right side "Kill Me."
The second aspect is a website for the finished artworks as well as a public online gallery. People would be encouraged to participate in the project by photographing their own actions with t-shirts and upload their images.
Our government says the War in Iraq benefits Iraqis - we love them enough to sacrifice our soldiers, yet we are killing innocent citizens in record numbers. The enormity and longevity of our impact on Iraqi society is immeasurable. I intend to draw media attention and illuminate the problem. Pre and post press releases would be essential as well as photo-shoot locations across America.
Artist's Biography: Linda Hesh lives in the Washington, DC area and has shown her photobased art nationally and internationally. Her work considers human interactions especially how we marginalize others through social constructs. Recent exhibition titles reflect Hesh's interests: "Dispassionate Discourse: Examining Racial Disparities" ,"Prognosis of Death" , "Conflict", "Social Justice", "Justice for All." Her work on racism after the 9/11 attacks is in the Collection of the Library of Congress. The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Philadelphia Inquirer have featured Hesh's work. She is locally known for pubic art actions addressing political topics.