Enduring Afghanistan, 2008-2015
Dog tags, ball chain, chain link, vintage ledger, fine press pages, ink, Koran stand, steel table
Chain link map: 108 x 72 x 7 in.
Table with Koran stand: 43 x 18 x 12 in.
Collection of Walker Art Center

Enduring Afghanistan commemorates the names of American soldiers who died in Afghanistan. Military ID tags, affixed to a piece of chain link fence suspended from the ceiling, present a topography of death: the tags are arranged in a metallic map of Afghanistan, their depth corresponding to the numbers and locations of soldiers’ deaths. The fence speaks of separation but is also reminiscent of the fence of Ground Zero, which was effectively re-purposed for memorializing practices. In front of it sits a ledger, displayed on a carved wooden Koran stand. The ledger presents a handwritten list of names of fallen soldiers, which takes the place of the Koran, suggesting that these names have become a new text to be revered. - Christina Schmid, PhD

Related Exhibitions:
I am you, you are too / September 07 2017 - January 19, 2020 / Walker Art Center, Minneapolis MN
75 Gifts for 75 Years / February 05 - July 26, 2015 / Walker Art Center, Minneapolis MN
Between Echo and Silence/ October 7 - November 4, 2012 / Law Warschaw Gallery at Macalester College, St. Paul MN
Perspective in Fine Arts: Deceptive Distance / February 24 - March 26, 2011 / College of Visual Arts, St. Paul MN

 

Photos by Rik Sferra