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Exhibition of Memorial Concepts

Artist(s): Christina McPhee, United States

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Proposal Title: merz_city_iraqi_eye, 02/02/2009, Mural

Proposal Synopsis: For the Iraqi Memorial Project, I propose two large scale chromogenic prints, lightjet, facemounted to clear acrilyc and backed in dibond and a backframe for support The works are each 61 x 80 inches, w x h, and have a depth of about 2.5 to 3 inches. These large prints are videomontages relating to Iraqi civilian mortality and suffering. "Iraqi Eye (wallpaper)" is a compilation over five years of images that appeared on the internet and then were deleted or rendered inaccessible to American viewers, especially images of wounded Iraqi children with bleeding eyes. Their eyes are visually 'woven' into a wallpaper-like image interspersed with other forbidden images (like the flag draped coffins of the first dead soldiers to come home to the receiving stations at Dover, Delaware), and images of protestors dressed as Guantanamo Bay prisoners. The second large scale print, called "New American Iraqi Flag" is a video montage of stills from footage I shot at the University of Oregon in the winter of 2007. At that time there was a very large installation of landscapers' flags (like small pennants) all over the lawns of the university--with red for the American soldiers, and white for the many, many more Iraqi civilian casualities.

Artist's Biography: Christina McPhee is a visual and media artist in California. Her work deals with technological landscapes and traumatic montage. Recent exhibitions include American University Museum, Washington DC, solo 2007; and group shows including "Bad Moon Rising" at Boots Contemporary, Saint Louis (2009); 'twice upon a time," at Galerie Andreas Huber, Vienna (2008); Thresholds Artspace, Perth (Scotland) (2007-8); Bucharest Biennial 03, 2008; Bildmuseet, Umea (2005 and 2008); Documenta 12, Germany, 2007; InteractivA07 Biennial of New Media Art, Merida (2007); Itau Cultural Centers, Bela Horizonte 2007; Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, 2006. A solo exhibition 'Tesserae of Venus', a sci-fi project including alternative energy sites, atmospheric carbonization and human response, at Silverman Gallery San Francisco, October 22 - December 10, 2009. http://christinamcphee.net and http:/naxsmash.net

Artist's Website: http://www.christinamcphee.net/photo/american_iraqi_flag.html

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