Proposal Title: Body Count, 07/02/2009, Installation
Proposal Synopsis: Body Count is an on-going project that seeks to question the value of civilian life in warfare. Although the War on Terror has taken countless lives, this piece focuses only on deaths that are a direct result of the US involvement in Iraq. As there are no official records being kept by the Pentagon on civilian deaths, I have chosen to use the very conservative numbers being collected by the IBC whose numbers come from verifiable civilian deaths reported to the media as the basis for this piece. It is my intent that each penny in this piece represents one civilian life.
In a white room, on three white tables stacked in rows of 25, sits over 85,000 pennies all painted white. A single penny in its own right is very insignificant and devoid of any real value. And, like pennies being thrown into a jar at the end of a day, the total deaths in any given day of war can be mentally processed, reconciled, and easily forgotten. But to be confronted by the vast number of deaths all at once is a far more difficult thing to ignore.
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Artist's Biography: Prince Varughese Thomas is an artist who incorporates a variety of photographic, video, and installation techniques into his artwork. He is a naturalized Indian-American citizen raised primarily between India and the United States. The act of crossing borders, both physical and psychological, contributes to the content of his work. His work has been characterized as quiet poetic moments captured in a chaotic world. His work has been exhibited in over 75 solo and group exhibitions at museums, galleries, and alternative spaces. His work is represented in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.