Casey’s Pawns Prague
Materials: Public intervention in the city of Prague with 50 volunteers
Exhibition history: 2007 11th Prague Quadrennial of Performance and Theatre, Prague, Czech Republic
Courtesy: Lucy + Jorge Orta
Originally commissioned by the Victoria & Albert Museum for their performance program, 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.
In 2007 Lucy Orta staged a second intervention on the streets of Praque with local volunteers to protest against the ongoing US conflict in Iraq.