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Parsons School of Design MFA Photography program theses2007 (PC020403.03) ➔ Embedded


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Parsons School of Design. Photography Department. (sponsoring body)
Chelsea Cates (photographer)


May 2007


From a distance, the pattern on the floor looks like a repeating Arabic geometric design in vibrant shades of red, interspersed with blue and white rosettes. When examined closely, however, it becomes clear that the pattern is built from a succession of images. The exposed remains of a head blown apart form the core design while the rosettes are built from blue and white tomahawk missiles. This pattern (figure 1) is part of a series that was started in the summer of 2006 as the Israeli army attacked Beirut. At the same time our own military was languishing in the deserts of Iraq and it seemed as if these bloody conflicts were merely peripheral concerns for many Americans. While our government wages the “war on terror,” and our military personnel are sent to Iraq and Afghanistan, American citizens are not asked to sacrifice anything. The rationing and large-scale homefront mobilization that took place during World War II is non-existent, and there is no draft, as in Vietnam. Most nights, the war does not even occupy the top spot on the news. Since March of 2003 over 3500 US military personnel have lost their lives and an estimated 57,000 Iraqis have been killed. Our own reconstruction efforts have managed to lose 8 billion dollars, while Iraqi citizens are left with inadequate access to water and electricity, and there has been no stopping the wave of insurgency attacks on our military and Iraqi civilians alike.



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