What is iraqimemorial.org?
iraqimemorial.org was launched in 2007 as a web-based platform for artists, designers, and architects to propose concepts for imagined memorials to the unrecognized civilian casualties incurred during the war in Iraq. Conceived of by media artist Joseph DeLappe, iraqimemorial.org was initially created in reaction to the World Trade Memorial Competition website launched in 2004 to commemorate “the thousands of innocent men, women and children murdered by terrorists.”
From September 9 through October 22nd, 2011, EFA Project Space will present an exhibition of plans and responses selected out of the pool that now exist on the iraqimemorial.org site. The proposal guidelines encourage participants to use a wide range of locations and mediums to create collective memory and unity, drawing upon traditional and expanded ideas of memorial. The exhibition on display at EFA will present a selection of several dozen of the most striking submissions as selected by two juror’s reviews in 2008 and 2009 as well as more recent projects that have been uploaded to the site. Featured projects span a range of creative practices including: architecture, social media, geomapping, performance, video and the visual arts.
For press inquiries, please contact Michelle Levy, Director, EFA Project Space at firstname.lastname@example.org
A number of performance by iraqimemorial.org artists will take place during the opening and throughout the show: Jack Toolin will be collecting photos of participants for My Space for Your Life, an ongoing creation of Facebook pages for deceased Iraqi civilians. Chuck Chaney will perform the durational One Was Too Many, folding many tiny tissues in the representation of a flag folding ceremony.
Mark Skwarek and John Craig Freeman will premiere The U.S./Iraq War Memorial, an augmented reality public art project, which allows the public to view 3D caskets representing losses on both sides of the conflict.
Thursday, October 20th at 7pm, EFA Project Space iraqimemorial.org - On the Efficacy of Creative Remembrance
The panel discussion will be moderated by project director and exhibition curator Joseph DeLappe, and include juror Yaelle Amir, and artists Wafaa Bilal, Mark Tribe and Sayoko Yoshida. A wide-ranging discussion will ensue regarding the efficacy of the conceptualization and realization of contemporary memorials, monuments and counter-monuments to the victims of war.