Casey's Pawns 25.06.04

Date: 2004
Ref: 2051
Materials: Lambda colour photograph backed on Dibond (Each photograph is an edition of 7 + 3AP)
Dimensions: 120 x 180 cm
Exhibition history: 2004 Victoria & Albert Museum London, UK
Courtesy: Lucy + Jorge Orta

Commissioned by the Victoria & Albert Museum, Casey's Pawns was held on the symbolic date of 25th June 2004, five days before the hand-over of sovereignty to the Iraqi government and the start of the withdrawal of US and allied forces. Fifty volunteers perform a passive peace demonstration in protest against the 2nd Gulf War's invasion of the town of Fallujah. For over two-hours the immobile figures, wearing gold-printed combat suits inscribed with graphic signifiers, meditate the future fate of Iraq and its citizens amid the silent tombs, sepulchres and war trophies from historical battles and combats. The performance was photographed and documented by the film-maker Roman Coppola.

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